Annus Mirabilis: 1921

For Ivor Gurney

The smell of wild garlic. A black dog
sleeping in the ruined latrine of a Roman villa.
Another song cycle. Preludes for piano. Several lost quartets.
Now a faint path disappearing through the trees
below Coopers Hill. Genius like a bird. 
A skylark caught between the Severn and the Somme,
between Sappho and Schubert.
Black flies scribbling erratic clefs in the heavy afternoon air. 
Sunlight’s powder on leaf and eye. Cotswold haze.
Notes for composing the mind’s oblivion.

by Siegfried Baber

Siegfried Baber was born in Devon in 1989 and his poetry has featured in a variety of publications including Under The Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Butcher’s Dog Magazine, online with The Compass Magazine and Ink, Sweat and Tears, and as part of the Bath Literature Festival. His debut pamphlet When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid was published by Telltale Press, with its title poem nominated for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. In 2020, he published London Road West, an ebook of poems and photographs. A debut collection of poems, The Twice-Turned Earth is forthcoming, and he is currently working on a book-length study of the medieval Grail romances.