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This poem is taken from PN Review 179, Volume 34 Number 3, January - February 2008.

Eight Poems Patrick Mackie

Auditorium

A Schubert sonata is walking in a small garden
backwards and forwards,
it sometimes turns quite unexpectedly
to watch a snail assaulting some leaves,
knowing as it does both the sweet sky and aerial warfare.


Softness

You walked at the bottom of a sea of beeches,
breathing the thick water or swimming in air.


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