Michael Dransfield's "Pas de deux for lovers"

Pas de deux for lovers
Collected Poems
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By Claire Nashar on May 2014

What a beautiful aubade this is.  Its carefully measured line breaks pace out a precise and delicate pas de deux1 for waking lovers.  The word ‘Yet’, isolated in the poem’s centre, enacts a kind of pivot, the hinge of the leaving lover’s longing.  Playing against the morning’s ‘complexity’ and the day’s already encroaching ‘involvement’, the poem unfolds in exquisitely simple language, a pleasure not totally unlike that of waking to first light on a lover’s hair perhaps...         

1. A term from ballet meaning ‘steps of two’, a duet.