Window for a Small Blue Child (Carcanet, £8.95) tells the story of a child's creation by in vitro fertilisation, in which the languages of science and of human feeling interact. Nature and control of nature and uncontrollable emotions each have their place in this drama, beautifully constructed by Gerrie Fellows.
Conversation (Blue Tablecloth)
Two women at a table
by a windowsill pink with geraniums
a back court aflame with drowsy blooms
One of them pours tea translucent
as a river or the tidal wash
of mud and blueness as a river mouth
She is three months pregnant
It's safe now to tell
What makes the other lay open her heart
the teapot's golden brew of secrets
the coloured cloth with its sea blues
or through the window after drought
the early scarlet of turning leaves?
"But this is an IVF baby,"
she said, "I would have done anything."
In the transmutable garden
scar tissue flame lesions like vivid petals
late summer rain on shifting griefs
You can borrow Window for a Small Blue Child from the Scottish Poetry Library, which also lends by post. Tel: 0131-557 2876, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.spl.org.uk