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This poem is taken from PN Review 131, Volume 26 Number 3, January - February 2000.

Beauty Robert Richman

All living beauty is the prey of death -
so says Guido Gozzano. Cocteau insists
the prerogatives of beauty rather great;
Nabokov claims the garbling of an image
by faulty memories enhance its beauty.
Rousseau considers nature's beauty inferior
to the riches of his own imagination.
I think about the nights when beauty sleeps,

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