IRENE NOEL-BAKER   Poet
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Poetry

Artemis Poems (IV)
Departure
Dutiful Wife
Eros in Piccadilly
Erotisis (Question)
Facing Hydra
Fair Hermia
Homage to Sylvia Plath
Homewards
Jalousie
Letters Home (I)
Letters Home (II)
Letters Home (III)
Letters Home (IV)
Letters Home (V)
Marriage
Masquerade
Mystery
Old Flame
Old Photos
Parsifal
Parsifal II
Persephone to Demeter
The Church at Malaucene
The Music
Train Journey

 

Greek Translations

Άρτεμις IV
Μασκαράτα
Στο Τραίνο

 

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Changing the Story
River Work

The Church at Malaucene

In this great empty church
The spirit
Shakes out its wings and rises.
There is a confusion of sound, the
Epitome of a labour that is lifelong.

Arduous, this mind-struggle,
This torment of will against matter
Each tearing the other.

Here the imagination weaves both
Background and pattern
Taken from nature,
Picked out by the implements
That are our senses.

And if sense is not enough,
The flood of feeling that leaves
A beach strewn, each object
Smoothed and bedded
With an articulate precision.

(If God is anything, it is the movement
From the particular to the general
When anything that might impede, joins).

The dome of the church
Pushes up a space against the sky
The church takes out a measure
From the town: in all
A vast, cool emptiness.

The resting place is soon,
A plateau the notes have found.
We can make an end here,
Diminishing; letting be;
Drawing to a close.

Irene Noel-Baker (2009-12)