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In 1972, Peter Cash, wrote his B.A. dissertation on the poetry of Laurie Lee (1914-1996). Written in Lee’s style, these ten lyrics imply a synaesthetic association between an appreciation of the rural world and an enjoyment of sexual experience, suggesting that the two can be simultaneous and equally sensuous.
Originally commissioned by Gallery Five as a series of poem-cards, they record adolescent discoveries and celebrate adolescent satisfactions, but then say goodbye to them. Accordingly, the collection is notable for its vivid imagery, but also for its rueful tone … The poet exults in the sensations of his first embraces, but ultimately rues the transitoriness of these tactile thrills. He is ‘a magician in the rain’ in that he can transform a girl by his touch, but then find himself desolate without her.
WENDY’S TUNE Flies snooze on the kitchen sill and the harvesters in the back field lunch still. I chew fat stalks from the green-flowing lawn and contemplate the country beauty of you. Sparrows speed out of the bushes and plane across the crackling stubble; and thrushes that flare through the white smoke of the afternoon drop dry poppy-seeds upon your barley hair. Drones sip the hot honeysuckle and young rabbits spurt into the stooks. You chuckle and your breasts rise as I tickle your throat with a soft stem and watch the wild notes chime in your eyes.