Valentine

By Tom Pickard b. 1946 Tom Pickard
simplicity   
say sleep

or
shall we   
shower

have an apple

you are   
as I need   
water

shall I move?   
do you dream?   
shallow snow

flesh   

melt this

Tom Pickard, “Valentine” from Hole in the Wall: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2002 by Tom Pickard. Reprinted with the permission of Flood Editions.

Source: Hole in the Wall: New and Selected Poems (Flood Editions, 2002)

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Poet Tom Pickard b. 1946

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire

Holidays Valentine's Day

Poetic Terms Free Verse

Biography

In impoverished northeastern England, Tom Pickard co-founded and for several years managed Morden Tower, a poetry center situated on a medieval city wall in the industrial sector of Newcastle upon Tyne. As Eric Mottram commented in Primary Sources, there "the finest British and American poets read at a time when they were unheard elsewhere in [England]." Pickard related that in 1984, "Morden Tower celebrated its twentieth year . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire

POET’S REGION England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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