Ideas for Novels 1 – Anna Couani

Introduction/Bio……….Ideas for Novels 2……….Ideas for Novels 3

Ideas for Novels 4……….Background to Ideas for Novels 


with a sense of wonder that
we rediscover the local
see faces
in old walls
on flinty wood

she held the silver goblet
fingers running
over its sculpted surface

actually bodies
maybe torsos
all wrong
for ceremonial purposes

the snapshot
of a black dog
in a pool

the dog, Bob
suiting the photos
the unease
of dog in chlorine

she in a bikini
Dad with long hair
kind of wrong
the hair

look down at the kerb
old stones, now rounded
sometimes replaced
with new stones
that quickly break

the lovely stainless steel drain
a grid showing fish
warning of sea pollution
“this goes to the sea”

at ground level
the edges of ashphalt
where things meet
where things crumble
where things don’t quite meet

speaking of the ground
that they cover

you can look cool
but not actually be cool

like the book cover
looks modern
same old 19th century


‘Ideas for Novels 1’ first appeared in The Wonder Book of Poetry on 19th January 2013

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