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This poem is taken from PN Review 106, Volume 22 Number 2, November - December 1995.

Border Songs Roger Garfitt

engraved on glass screens in the County Records & Research Centre, Shrewsbury

 

I
Ridgeway
to river crossing

hill trades with downland
lava flow with chalk outcrop

axeheads for arrowheads

Corndon's polished picrite
for the flints
of the Breckland

leaf-shaped
barbed and tanged

whatever
gives an edge

II
Behind the timber-lace
of ramparts
...


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