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Home to Roost (extract)

I don’t remember any of what happened. Just those howls, like dogs, as we drove out. The fields and trees all black and green. Perhaps some of the very first rounds. But nothing else. I had to pick it all … Continue reading

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Wobbly Rock

  for Gary Snyder                                   “I think I’ll be the Buddha of this place”                                     and sat himself                                             down                   1. It’s a real rock         (believe this first) Resting on actual sand at … Continue reading

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Parents’ Evening

We feel she may be cheating at reading and spelling. She has failed to grasp the planets and the laws of science, has proven violent in games and fakes asthma for attention. She is showing promise with the Odyssey, has … Continue reading

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Into fog, through the fog We rowed. Then: The wide sea – so blue, so bright! – Masaoka Shiki

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* Self Portrait

It doesn’t interest me if there is one God or many gods. I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned. If you know despair or can see it in others. I want to know if you are prepared … Continue reading

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The Alibi

My mind was racing. It was some years from now. We were together again in our old flat. You were admiring yourself adjusting your hat. ‘Oh of course I was mad then,’ you said with a forgiving smile, ‘Something snapped … Continue reading

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Prophecy

Sometimes a child will stare out of a window for a moment or an hour—deciphering the future from a dusky summer sky. Does he imagine that some wisp of cloud reveals the signature of things to come? Or that the … Continue reading

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