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Oh ! the knee,
of flex and stern stasis
happy to serve conscious form,
potential moral weight or astute pretender.
Look ! by that microphone
flying flags as god-sent signals.
Political knees accepting
words dangerous to truth.
Someday such knees will bend
inevitable as any hinge,
when messages take form
as burden of stern hope.
Streets will sound to marching knees
Parents will dream for their children
and all will be right, perhaps,threaten petty politics.
in that dream if not this,
where knees of a weary people
Poem from Horizons: Selected Poems 1969-1998 by
Stanley Greaves, Peepal Tree Press Ltd., United Kingdom,
PUBLISHED WITH PERMISSION
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GREAVES (born 1934) is
one of the Caribbean's
After studying art in the
UK, he headed the
Division of Creative Arts
at the University of
Guyana for many years.
He began writing
poetry in the 1960s.
His first collection of
poems, Horizons, in
2002, won the Guyana
Prize for Literature in
the first book of poetry
His most recent
collection, The Poems
Man, was published in
He is also an
guitarist. Learn more
about his musical side.
Martin[Carter's] influence has been less in art than in an
attitude: to what you see around you; to the constructions of
your own imagination and thoughts; and also, very much to
the point, to the use of language. I became acutely aware of
the way in which one uses words, of the necessity of
avoiding ambiguities as much as possible. Martin would talk
to me about poetry, I would talk to him about art. He was
friend and mentor and drinking companion and everything
STANLEY GREAVES IN INTERVIEW WITH ANNE WALMSLEY OF BOMB
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