Egypt will launch
A surprise attack
And pry the hands off Big Ben.
Whisk away the antenna of the Eiffel Tower
And carry off the rubble of the House of Commons.
Students of archaeology will travel from far abroad
To witness a history reclaimed and preserved
Beneath an unflinching sun
While Euromania sweeps the country
And bad copies of Spice Girl photos are sold to decorate tacky homes.
Oh, what do you care, poet?
They don’t even bother trying to preserve your heart.
My poems must serve as my canopic jars.
from BARROW, 2009
On February 16th, 1923, Howard Carter unsealed the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt.