World Poetry Day – Chosen Lines #1

Here is the first of my ‘Chosen Line’ poems for World Poetry Day 2014. The chosen line poems are constructed by choosing a book at random, opening it to a page and then picking a line. The poem is below and underneath are the books that they were chosen from.

Greener Graves

Onstage the lonely pianist played Mountain Greenery
And he finds it, in the summer of 1911
In an area still verdant
leaving a hollow space that wasn’t filled by the victory spread
from the stars and she had come
but your happiness
never run good
It must be a blow to you all
Even the girl herself – now –
under the shrubs where the bicycles were hidden. The rest
all sleep. Her eyes go out. She sleeps.

Onstage the lonely pianist played Mountain Greenery (pg 362, An American Childhood – Annie Dillard, in Three by Annie Dillard)
And he finds it, in the summer of 1911 (pg 170, Waterland – Graham Swift)
In an area still verdant (pg 89, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick)
leaving a hollow space that wasn’t filled by the victory spread (pg 382, Crusade – Robyn Young)
from the stars and she had come (pg 357, Contact – Carl Sagan)
but your happiness (pg 158, Brighton Rock – Graham Greene)
never run good (pg 161, Close Range – Annie Proulx)
It must be a blow to you all (pg 55, An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro)
Even the girl herself – now – (pg 69, The Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad)
under the shrubs where the bicycles were hidden. The rest (pg 324, Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein)
all sleep. Her eyes go out. She sleeps. (pg 81, Saints and Strangers – Angela Carter)

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8 thoughts on “World Poetry Day – Chosen Lines #1

    1. It’s been more difficult than I was expecting but it has also been hugely interesting. So glad to hear that you think it works.
      V.

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