Derek Adams is a professional photographer, originally from London, he now lives in Suffolk. He has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and his poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK and abroad including Rialto, Magma, Smiths Knoll and London Grip. He has a collection Everyday Objects, Chance Remarks (Littoral, 2005) and pamphlets Postcards to Olympus and unconcerned but not indifferent: the life of Man Ray. He was BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year in 2006. You can find out more at

A l’heure de l’observatoire, les Amoureux  1932-34

He woke, the red circle still impressed
on his temple, put the gun away,
took out a brush
and for an hour
and at the same hour, every day
for two years Man Ray painted
over and
over again
the memory of Lee’s lips;
layers of paint
like aragonite
coating a piece of grit,
until at last
when he looked on the lovers,
he could see
it was finished.

Copyright © 2018 Derek Adams
‘unconcerned but not indifferent: the life of Man Ray’,  first published in Magma.

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