John Carder Bush

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John Carder Bush (born 1944) is a British poet and photographer; eldest brother of Kate Bush.

The Creation Edda (1970)

  • Embla lies with each thing,
    Ask looks and knows.
    Understanding
    without explanation
    they depart and separate.
  • On the ice flow they grip,
    cut, twist, break open seeds
    throwing out the white salt,
    revive volcanic dreams:
    unable to satisfy
    their diminuated lust
    the allegoric flesh
    learns the thrill of return.

Control: A translation (1974)

  • When God comes at me
    do I bow the stallion's legs
    or meet him with flared nostrils?
  • When Man comes at me
    do I rein in the stallion,
    or let him meet the hooves?
  • When Woman comes at me
    do I let her take the bridle,
    or turn away the head?
  • When I
    and stallion
    blend
    the grass gets cropped.

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