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

Derby Day: An Exhibition Alison Brackenbury

The great Stubbs' picture of the great Eclipse
Hangs in the corner it defies,
Effortless. The great are luminous.
Orbed flanks shine solid, amber, having won.
A gold-red horse called Hermit won, and broke
The wild Earl of Hastings, who had flung
Woods and fields against. What can Eclipse
Comfort those eclipsed, who never won?
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