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Clarke, G. (2013). The Habit of Light. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 7(1):88.

(2013). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 7(1):88

The Habit of Light

Gillian Clarke

In the early evening, she liked to switch on the lamps

in corners, on low tables, to show off her brass,

her polished furniture, her silver and glass.

At dawn she'd draw all the curtains back for a glimpse

of the cloud-lit sea. Her oak floors flickered

in an opulence of beeswax and light.

In the kitchen, saucepans danced their lids, the kettle purred

on the Aga, supper on its breath and the buttery melt

of a pie, and beyond the swimming glass of old windows,

in the deep perspective of the garden, a blackbird singing,

she'd come through the bean rows in tottering shoes,

her pinny full of strawberries, a lettuce, bringing

the palest potatoes in a colander, her red hair bright

with her habit of colour, her habit of light.

From Five Fields, published by Carcanet.

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