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This poem is taken from PN Review 7, Volume 5 Number 3, April - June 1979.

Three Poems Jeremy Hooker

RAT ISLAND

  1.
With first light
The bearings surface.

From Tennyson's memorial
To Sway tower,
From Jack in the basket
To Fawley,
Point after point
Rises on time.

I mark them,
Borne back
On a freshening wind.

The sea completes the circle

  2.
There are no rats;
Except at high spring,
No island.

Only a relic
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