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This poem is taken from PN Review 32, Volume 9 Number 6, July - August 1983.

A Kensington Notebook Derek Mahon

I

South Lodge is blue-
Plaqued where Ford set out
His toy soldiers on the
Razed table of art.

There was a great good place
Of clean-limbed young men
And high-minded virgins,
Cowslip and celandine;

Henry James to be visited,
Lawrence to be prized,
Conrad to be instructed,
Yeats to be lionized.

Sussex chirped in the sun.
A man could stand up
Then, and a woman too,
Before the thunder-clap.
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