AIR* Feelerbright fingers• fleecefilm furfluff• fleeting the flight• height• herding the furls! softfeather throsmswoon hushfrith is. athom or• stirs• • low• whirl waul• whines or• why whyis? hushfrith is. oreth hauls puffs• pants• pines• pules: whist over wish over whimper. allover all• liss• worn and bewanned• with afterfollow• afterfling• winding• bewinding• whirls into halehuff• hies into hollowdraw: roams into rawring rushwhistle reaveswhirl• fangs the lielow• lull flow . . feelerbright fingers• fleecefilm furfluff• fleeing to flight•height• hearding the furls! oreth frith is : orith frith is : oruth frith is.(1934)
* Cox intended his ‘nature poems’ to be read aloud, and developed a
typography to guide the reader. A key to these typographical cues is given in
the Preliminary Note to the Gogmagog book, 9 POEMS FROM NATURE (1959),
which is a sequence of nature poems from 1937:
. [full stop] = a pause of one full breath.
. . [two full stops] = a pause of two full breaths, etc.
: [colon] = a half-breath pause.
• [elevated, smaller dot] = a slight pause without taking breath.