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This poem is taken from PN Review 42, Volume 11 Number 4, March - April 1985.

Colourtones Charles Boyle

1 Grey Areas

All those years in the backwoods, with no visible
correspondent, was he humming what snatches
of melody, that might or might not build up
to the sounding climax even now we cannot assess?

We've a right to expect
the authorized biography will tell us more,
the names of certain flowers for instance
and the fine distinctions between flower and weed
that have always been beyond me.

2 Silver Age

She's refined her vocabulary down to
seven words, and of the several million combinations
in which her clothes can be worn, has chosen
three: tonight, edible Chinese or
Gothic lullaby, tomorrow the ultimate abstract

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