Dan Hampson – Fitzcaraldo


The colonel and his lady
bring their drawing room
to the jungle, and though
the chandeliers tangle with lianas,
monkeys run off with the antimacassars
and coconuts fall on the champagne flutes,
the Times crossword must first be completed
before further instructions can be issued
to the replacement butler, Adeyemi:
Simpson has now been missing for three weeks.

Rick Rycroft