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This poem is taken from PN Review 95, Volume 20 Number 3, January - February 1994.

The Portrait Head Les Murray

How Jews may have pioneered sculpture under Pharaoh's knout:
how atheism is sometimes a greater strictness about
the Second Commandment-ideas the massed green Tuileries
heard us stroll with, amid family lore, values by Worth, and fooleries,
pooped after your third session of translating my head into clay
preparatory to bronze. Not as Nature will do it someday.

Your intent travel through my features, transposing them to wet,
had half detached me from them. But I wouldn't start a new set
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