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Rose Rent
  • Rose Rent

    Published by Turret Books 1987

    24 pages – perfect bound with slip sleeve

    Frontispiece by Norman Stevens


    Collector’s special leather bound limited edition

    (price available on request)


    July Ambush


    No doubt one swallow

    holds the trick of summer

    in his tail.


    He swings with confidence

    through clouds grey and thick

    as wet days at sea.


    Cow parsley is doing best;

    full saucers of cream

    spread over dim roods.


    I will pick a yellow rose

    for the centre of our table.

    Imagine it is the sun.


    Rose rent is an ancient nominal rental agreement whereby a single rose is tendered as rent on Midsummer’s Day.


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