Planet Earth (by P.K. Page)

Original Text: 
P.K. Page, Planet Earth: Poems Selected and New, Ed. Eric Ormsby (Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 2002). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2003 Canadian Shortlist).
It has to be spread out, the skin of this planet,
has to be ironed, the sea in its whiteness;
and the hands keep on moving,
smoothing the holy surfaces.
    'In Praise of Ironing', PABLO NERUDA
1It has to be loved the way a laundress loves her linens,
2the way she moves her hands caressing the fine muslins
3knowing their warp and woof,
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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