Poem of the week

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 reception@spl.org.uk or visit www.spl.org.uk

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