Saturday, October 2, 2010

Robin McConnell's left arm bowler

Sports writer Robin McConnell is another New Zealand poet I've been re-reading recently. In the Auckland poetry anthology, When the Sea Goes Mad at Night, he wrote a short poem based on a left arm bowler. It is notable for its very artful description of the left armer's action, as if a musical instrument at work:


Left arm bowler

the limbered bow
bends the curve of melody
into this perfect parabola
of grace arching sinews
that soar into the opening
line of sextet
and then behind
to spin successive notes from finger tips
scored with ritual variations

Poem © Robin McConnell

(from the anthology When the Sea Goes Mad at Night, Christian/Gray New Zealand 1999/2000)

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