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Poem of the week: Selling His Soul by Sophie Hannah


The formal conservatism of Sophie Hannah’s Selling His Soul does nothing to restrict this elegant love poem’s unsettling message

Selling His Soul

When someone says they have a poet’s soul
You can imagine laughing in their face –
A sensible reaction on the whole
But he convinced me that it was the case
And that his poet’s soul was out of place
What with his body selling advertising space.

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