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This poem is taken from PN Review 36, Volume 10 Number 4, March - April 1984.

To the Undeceived Clive Wilmer
'. . . to play the game of energetic barbarism . . .
is, after all, a mental and moral impossibility
.'
Borges, Other Inquisitions

You who invoke survival, and condemn
To ruin all the crumbling palaces
And shady temples, where I seek the dim
Outline of order; who trust, that there is

Sufficient order in the wilderness
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