August 2017 - Neil Leadbeater

Neil Leadbeater

Neil Leadbeater is an author,editor, essayist, poet and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His short stories, articles and poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His books include Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, Scotland,2011); The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus Press, England, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, England, 2014) and Finding the River Horse (Littoral Press, 2017). He is a regular reviewer for several journals including Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA) and Write Out Loud (UK).  His work has been translated into Dutch, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.

In The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    An afternoon in cool interiors.
            Shunning the heat, we keep company
            with the Greek and Roman statuary,
            speak in whispers over Egyptian mummies,
            lest we disturb the peace.
            Even the art upstairs is quiet.
            Italian, Flemish and Spanish Schools
            adept at keeping secrets
            stay within their frames.

            The quiet attendants move with care
            as they pace from room to room.
            Sometimes they stand to ponder 
            as if on a point of philosophy.
            Deep down they know it all -
            have absorbed the wisdom of centuries. 
            They are the proud custodians
            of all they survey. 
            They want to keep it that way.

            Neil Leadbeater

from “Finding the River Horse” (Littoral Press, 2017)