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This poem is taken from PN Review 96, Volume 20 Number 4, March - April 1994.

'The Bread Knife' James Laughlin

Hugh MacDiarmid the voice
of the Scots revival wrote

In 'The Kind of Poetry I
Want' that he dreamed 'of

poems like the bread-knife
which cuts three slices at

once' this puzzled me un-
til I read his biography
...


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