Cuttings (from The White Goddess, by Robert Graves)


Sean Howard





I. Willow,


Merlin reflecting… (Prose

still trees?) Science as deep

as its branches!




II. Eve


of Armageddon? (‘Ah!’ Nietzsche

meeting the Death-Goddess…) Ego

always, stale mate?




III. Creative


evolution: agency the central

intelligence! (Lab, court air.) Clear-

cut, the blue Goddess!




IV. Last


fall, number crunching… (‘Lyric,’

extractive economy?) Myth,

bran & cherry…




V. Empire’s


roman. (Reason’s

bark.) Palm





VI. Faust,


power company? (Science, myth

laid…) Dante: Lord, the little

point in being!




VII. Prose,


edges nearer… (Monotheism, the One-

Tree Forest.) Language? App-

le of the Earth!




VIII. Glastonbury


Thorn, God felled by the Pur-

itans! (‘Clean sweep’ – fairy

dust?) ‘Sober’: stout & bitter!




IX. The snake-


skin blindfold. (Merlin’s

good looks!) Silence, God









Sean Howard is the author of Local Calls (Cape Breton University Press, 2009), Incitements (Gaspereau Press, 2011) and The Photographer’s Last Picture (Gaspereau Press, 2016).  His poetry has been widely published in Canada and elsewhere and featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2011 & 2014) and The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope, 2017).