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This poem is taken from PN Review 110, Volume 22 Number 6, July - August 1996.

De Saussure's Assured Ruse Garbled in an English Garden Christopher Middleton


1 Japonica
Can a canon in a nook nip a cock? Can a coin oink? Can Nina
in a panic pin a cap on a coon? Can a pain picnic on an icon?
Can a pink Nippon cook join in a cancan?

2 Syringa
Gary is gay, sings in a sari, ah! Angry grin, a gas ring. Sin
again, in a granary. Sagging, sassy assassin. Rain. Raising
grass.

3 Daffodils
La-di-da old L.A. lady sadly dials solid Sappho of Valladolid:
'Hola, doll, soda lad Olaf s daisy fails, phalloid Fido slid
off. If oiled, will a dildo dol' 'Dial Dad,' Sappho says, 'O
fiddle faddle, silly sofa oaf, do as I do, load silo, so oils
of id fill fossil folds, oof! oof! oof! a flood!'

4 Rosebush
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