Sonnet 9: The Rose

DPS blur 09 The Rose

“Your memory’s turning tricks; a sudden / blush as you relive the bump and grind, / the slap and tickle.”

• Tamar Yoseloff on The Rose: “I see this as a companion to Duk of    gton, a tribute to the sort of spit and sawdust London boozer that only exists in the far reaches of the toughest neighbourhoods. The speaker could be a ghostly Barbara Windsor, the iconic floozy propping up the bar. The final line is my nod to the bar scene in part II of The Waste Land.”

• The full sonnet is published in Formerly, available here
• Listen to Tamar Yoseloff reading The Rose at the Poetry Library here