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This poem is taken from PN Review 253, Volume 46 Number 5, May - June 2020.

Three Poems Carol Rumens
Variations for W.S. Graham on the 100th centenary of his birth

I have made myself alone now.
Outside the tent endless
Drifting hummock crests.
Words drifting on words.
The real unabstract snow.

W.S. Graham,
‘Malcolm Mooney’s Land’


What everyone thinks, I
suppose, who has time
to form thought-like
shapes during the long
plunge into the crevasse;
many, all their lives,
have traipsed towards it,
equipped but unprepared
...


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