Adam Thorpe Poems

Adam Thorpe is a British poet and novelist who has also written short stories, radio dramas, and documentaries. He contributes to the Guardian, the Poetry Review, and other publications. He’s lived in several different countries and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award in 1988 for his collection Mornings in the Baltic. His novel, Ulverton, is one of his best-known works. It covers 350 years of English history and won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. His work is admired by his contemporaries, such as Hilary Mantel.

On Her Blindness

by Adam Thorpe

‘On Her Blindness’ by Adam Thorpe is a loving poem dedicated to the poet’s mother. It explores how lost sight can impact one’s life and the frustration of not being understood.

My mother could not bear being blind,

to be honest. One shouldn’t say it.


One should hide the fact that catastrophic

handicaps are hell; one tends to hear,

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