Sympathetic Magic

A 92-page paperback poetry collection
by Brian Fewster,
published on January 31 2008
by Poor Tom's Press,

Price 6.00 plus 40p p&p (within UK).
Bookseller's discount available.

ISBN 978-0-9543-3715-5.


Brian Fewster lives in Leicester and has worked
as a teacher and computer programmer.
He was a Green Party candidate for the East Midlands
in the 2004 European election.

His poetry has won several prizes
and been published in Poetry Review, Staple, Envoi,
Poetry Nottingham
and elsewhere.

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Mask

Torres Strait, Australia, 1877 (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford);
used in initiation and funerary ceremonies

Turtle shell
cleaned and scoured
cut to a lattice,
feathers incised
along horizontals.

Two white ovals
with pigment pupils
between which dangles
a cartoon handle
of a nose.

This mask
is rife with mouth.
A gap-grin curls
up to its ears.
Further south
a prim oval's
feathered teeth
reprise the eyes.

On the pendulum neck
a crescent arc
or boat or torque
grins like a shark.
It rattles and clacks
with nutshell-strings
to summon up
........ sub-
........ liminal things.

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