Intangible

By Alice Stainer

Alice teaches literature and creative writing to visiting students in Oxford and believes passionately in the power of the arts. She is published in Visual Verse and on other platforms.

This poem came into being the day after one of my chamber choirs had reassembled for the first time in seven months. I was pondering the potency of communal singing as an expression of shared experience, and the joyous ability of our voices to escape the strictures of the pandemic and to come together even whilst we remained at a physical distance from one another.

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Carmine Di Biase
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Carmine Di Biase
15 days ago

Beautiful sonnet, and moving. I love the caesura and the spondees in line 9: perfectly expressive there of momentarily bated breath.

John
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John
19 days ago

Yes, very good Alice. I presume the large gap is just where you hit the tab instead of the spacebar, but do say if it has significance! (Whether angels can touch and embrace, or even sing, is something I leave to the theologians.)

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