centre of unrequitted love?

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centre of unrequitted love?

Postby iveta » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:02 am

Can you please help me searching for a poem in Book of Longing...
I do not owe a copy so far but I hope I will soon, I´ll be too glad to support LC, but I have to wait for new delivery to our bookshop...

The poem begins with something like
"I am the centre of my unrequitted love...
(which is great because the centre is always the most important, but I´m not sure)
Of course I´m pathetic, I´ve spent my life getting the most impressive stuff out of the most impressive books. Malcolm Bradbury
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Re: centre of unrequitted love?

Postby IrishMar » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:29 pm

Hi Iveta

I was just reading my copy of the Book of Longing. Here is the poem you are looking for;

The Centre

When I am at the centre of my unrequited love
I cannot hold it as an object
It has no sharp edges to torture anyone
I breathe the fragrance of the longing
and the longing has no proprietor
"O my love" embraces the great wide sky
as the night picks through the constellations
lifting necklace after dripping necklace
for the delight of Leonard's true beloved
"O my love" cries out from every pore of snow
and the forest answers from a great height:
"O my love"
And one heart appears and one heart dissolves
and they clasp in the place where I am held up in the storm
And I walk to you on the waves of desire
walk across the distance with something new to tell you
about your beauty your good legs and your relentless absence

Hope you get your copy soon.

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Re: centre of unrequitted love?

Postby Susy » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:15 pm

The Centre
When I am at the centre
of my unrequited love
I cannot hold it as an object
it has no sharp edges
to torture anyone
I breathe the fragrance
of the longing
and the longing
has no proprietor
" O my love " embraces
the great wide sky
as the night picks through
the constellations
lifting necklace
after dripping necklace
for the delight
of Leonard`s true beloved
" O my love " cries out
from every pore of snow
and the forest answers
from a great height
" O my love "
And one heart appears
and one heart dissolves
and they clasp in the place
where I am held up
in the storm
And I walk to you
on the waves of desire
walk across the distance
with something new to tell you
about your beauty
your good legs
and your relentless absence. (Paperback page 218)

I hope that I could help you ,it IS a very intense poem. When you`ve got your own book just look at page 226 " Half The World " my all time "Beauty"
Greetings, Susanne :D
Susy
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Re: centre of unrequitted love?

Postby iveta » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:54 pm

oh thank you so much
he's got such great ways how to join the passion with self-irony
and the combination just gets so real and true and powerfull
Of course I´m pathetic, I´ve spent my life getting the most impressive stuff out of the most impressive books. Malcolm Bradbury

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