Cities by H. D.

I used H.D.’s Hermes of the Ways in my book, and it’s probably the best thing in the book. Cities is also a beautiful poem: ‘The city is peopled/with spirits, not ghosts, O my love’…

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(Photography by Howard Kingsnorth)

Cities
by H. D.

Can we believe—by an effort
comfort our hearts:
it is not waste all this,
not placed here in disgust,
street after street,
each patterned alike,
no grace to lighten
a single house of the hundred
crowded into one garden-space.

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