Poetry

Paul Kane: The Genoa Grail

The Genoa Grail “la memoria di tanta grazie” —Cattedrale di San Lorenzo I 9 February 1941: Genoa Light flashing on the surface of the sea, gentle green swells rising and falling away, the promise of fair weather, are no guarantee a sudden turn won’t change the day back to alarms and thumping explosions, the whistling of shells, the spray of near misses, the witless emotions. Force H steams back from Operation Grog on high alert, going through motions all but second nature by now in the smog of war. The carrier and battleships withdraw, the men at the big guns…

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