Andy Brown

Posted on Remembrance Sunday
Eternal Return

My mother gave my father’s body back
inside a plastic bottle filled with grit.

I scattered it from boulders on Hay Tor
where they had honeymooned in sixty one.

She took her husband’s ashes on the plane
and flew them to a beach just north of Perth –

a landmark in the story of themselves
where she entrusted them to southern seas.

Standing on the shoreline by the harbour,
deep currents mingle at the river’s mouth…

I’m waiting for the elements to bring
my father’s wandering body back together:

a fleck of heart on cold winds from the hills,
a mote of bone on currents from the south.

 

Andy Brown’s most recent book of poems is Exurbia (Worple Press 2014). He also collaborated with David Morley on the Worple Press collection Of Science. Previous books include The Fool and the Physician, Goose Music (with John Burnside), and Fall of the Rebel Angels (all Salt). A selection of his poems appears in the Bloodaxe anthology Identity Parade. He recently edited The Writing Occurs As Song: A Kelvin Corcoran Reader (Shearsman 2014) and is co-editing, A Body of Work: Poetry and Medical Writing, with Corinna Wagner, for Bloomsbury (2015). He is Director of the Exeter University Creative Writing Programme and was formerly an Arvon Foundation Centre Director.

Andy Brown’s most recent book of poems is Exurbia (Worple Press 2014). He also collaborated with David Morley on the Worple Press collection Of Science. Previous books include The Fool and the Physician, Goose Music (with John Burnside), and Fall of the Rebel Angels (all Salt). He is Director of the Exeter University Creative Writing Programme and was formerly an Arvon Foundation Centre Director.