From “The Hollow Hill”

By Kathleen Raine 1908–2003 Kathleen Raine
Smaller than pollen-grain, smaller than seed
Of bitter berry red—
Do not look for the small,
The door has no size at all.

Some of sorrow have made a well
And deep have seen
In daylight far stars glimmer pale
In a nether heaven.

April 1963

Source: Poetry (June 2012).


This poem originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2012


Born in London to a Scottish mother and an English father, poet and scholar Kathleen Jessie Raine was educated at the University of Cambridge’s Girton College. A visionary poet whose work probed the intersection of science and mysticism, Raine bridged elements of Jungian psychology and neo-Platonism in her work.
Her poetry collections include Stone and Flower (1943), W.H. Smith Literary Award–winner The Lost Country (1972), . . .

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