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This poem is taken from PN Review 163, Volume 31 Number 5, May - June 2005.

Don't Mention the War Chris Wallace-Crabbe

'the Scharnhorst doesn't look so Gneisenau'
Cartoon slogan

Graf Spee

For a kid, the surreal
must have kicked in early,
in its argentine polish of absurdity
managing to put
scuttle alongside Plate.


The Spitfire

Other
deathly
machines
appeared
beautiful
...


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