A Glass of Water

By David Musgrave b. 1965 David Musgrave

Un seul verre d’eau éclaire le monde Cocteau

Behind the wedding couple, a mirror harbours
their reception.
Outside, from the verandah, the harbour mirrors
the exception
of city from sky, hills snug with houses
and a glass of water standing on the railing,
half empty or half full. In the failing
afternoon light
brightening buildings counterpoint the darkness,
glinting upside-
down inside the glass, and the newly-weds,
seen from outside
joining hand to hand for the wedding reel,
glide under its meniscus, head over heels.

David Musgrave, "A Glass of Water" audio from Open Water, Audio CD, River Road Press, 2007; text from Phantom Limb, John Leonard Press, 2010: by permission of River Road Press and the poet. Copyright © 2007, 2010 by David Musgrave.

Source: Open Water (River Road Press, 2007)

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Poet David Musgrave b. 1965

POET’S REGION Australia and Pacific

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship

Occasions Weddings

Poetic Terms Ars Poetica, Free Verse

 David  Musgrave


Australian poet, novelist, and publisher David Musgrave was born in Sydney and earned a PhD at Sydney University. With wryness and precision, Musgrave writes long, formally complex poems that use human relationships, personal and literary history, and observations of the natural world. In the Mascara Literary Review, poet Kylie Rose observed of Musgrave’s book Phantom Limb: “Systems, order and logic underpin Musgrave’s body of . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship

POET’S REGION Australia and Pacific

Poetic Terms Ars Poetica, Free Verse

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