'Bujold' was published in The Poetry Review, spring issue, 2015.


by Annie Freud

She marries him in a ‘marriage blanc’
so that he can stay in the country.
He is a fugitive whose visa has run out
and there is every kind of impediment:

the ambitious local cop in dark glasses
and leather jacket, determined to hound them,
the provocative younger sister, the absurd mother
giving a huge white wedding nobody wants.

An explosion of debauchery, revelry and waste
saw the church lose its hold on the medieval world,
she tells her class of docile undergraduates,
and feels the need for a full-time man.

At forty, she is ravishing in a haggard way
and he looks seedy with his too-long hair.
There are some good jokes about lonely, frightened
people trapped in forced proximity.

I know this place is a mess, but don’t touch anything.
I know where everything is. The cafetière is complicated.
Love prevails in the end. We never see them
in bed and they only ever kiss at the wedding.   

BBC Proms teamed up with The Poetry Society to programme Proms Extra Lates, a series of exciting late-night performances in the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall. The relaxed cabaret-format events showcase young talents from the worlds of poetry and music. This year’s featured poets are Sarah Howe, Jon Stone, Megan Beech, William Letford, Inua Ellams, Liz Berry, Jack Underwood and Holly Hopkins. Presenter Georgia Mann comperes. All events are recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Inua Ellams and Liz Berry
Inua Ellams and Liz Berry – both performing at the Proms Extra Lates soon.

Proms Extra Lates at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room are free events, but tickets must be booked in advance unless you have attended that evening’s Prom (visit royalalberthall.co.uk or call 0845 401 5040).

  • Thursday 23 July
    Sarah Howe performs poems alongside Modal Point
  • Thursday 30 July
    Jon Stone performs poems alongside The John Garner Quartet
  • Thursday 6 August
    Megan Beech performs poems alongside Vula Viel
  • Thursday 13 August
    William Letford performs poems alongside Bahla
  • Thursday 20 August, 10.45-11.45pm
    Inua Ellams performs poems alongside the Mark Pringle Trio
  • Thursday 27 August, 9.45-10.45pm
    Liz Berry performs poems alongside Project Jam Sandwich
  • Friday 4 September, 10-11pm
    Jack Underwood performs poems alongside Follow the Rats
  • Wednesday 9 September, 10.15-11.15pm
    Holly Hopkins  performs poems alongside Flea Circus
19 August 2015

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