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This poem is taken from PN Review 259, Volume 47 Number 5, May - June 2021.

From 14 × 14
translated by Ian Monk & Philip Terry
Ian Monk
Love is sketched out

love is sketched out here to see
like a finger
telling the tale of a life
like a drunk
before falling silent at last
like a stiff

like two stiffs
stretched out by the sea
knowing how at last
our own fingers
like drunks
tell the tale of our lives

what starts up is life
as a future stiff
in a dancing cloud of drink

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