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This poem is taken from PN Review 209, Volume 39 Number 3, January - February 2013.

'The Glory and Decline of Bread' and Other Poems Les Murray
The Glory and Decline of Bread

Sliced bread (sic)
a centimetre thick
staling on forty surfaces
fit for soggy sandwiches
real bread excels all this

high top, Vienna, cob
baguettes three times daily
breads poignant as a sob
Jewish rye and German
brothers from the hob

Tall grass waving gluten
foreshadowed cultivation
its unbloody skin-oil scent
displaced the hunting tent
for prayer and work in season -

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