Michael Symmons Roberts

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Michael Symmons Roberts


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Preston, Lancashire, England
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Michael was born in 1963 and spent his childhood in Lancashire, England before moving south with his family to Newbury in Berkshire in the early ‘70’s. He went to comprehensive school in Newbury, then to Oxford University to read Philosophy & Theology.

After graduating, he trained as a newspaper journalist before joining the BBC in Cardiff as a radio producer in 1989. He moved with the BBC to London, then to Manchester, initially in radio, then as a documentary filmmaker. His last job at the corporation was as Executive Producer and Head of Development for BBC Religion & Ethics, before he left the BBC to focus on writing.

His 4th book of poetry – Corpus – was the winner of the 2004 Whitbread Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the T.S. Elio
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“Grounded"

I

At the edge of sleep.
my head on your breast.
I hear your heart lock
with the cloth pulse

of a skein of geese.
which arrows over roofs
towards the source
of water, dreams, oblivion.

II

Asleep on your front,
your shoulder-blades reveal
themselves as wing-stumps.

Now I know what you
have given up for me,
for this November night,

this moonlit bed.
this sluicing rain
these distant fireworks.

And I think of migrants
on the wing for weeks,
filleting the air with sleep.

Ill

Today huge tethered kites
— torsos, mermaids, lizards, bears—
were animated by sea air,
as though the next world hung
above us like a mezzanine.

Tonight I lie awake and run
your absence through my fingers:
here's the touch of you,
your warmth and give.
our conspiracy of flightlessress.

Michael Symmons Roberts, Corpus. (Jonathan Cape / Random House; New edition July 20, 2004)”
Michael Symmons Roberts, Corpus

“Tonight I lie awake and run
your absence through my fingers:
here’s the touch of you,
your warmth and give,
our conspiracy of flightlessness.

from “Grounded”
Michael Symmons Roberts, Corpus

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