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

Nights in the Iron Hotel Michael Hofmann

Our beds are at a hospital distance.
I push them together. Straw matting on
the walls produces a Palm Beach effect:

long drinks made with rum in tropical bars.
The position of mirror and wardrobe
recalls a room I once lived in happily.

Our feelings are shorter and faster now.
You confess a new infidelity. This time,
...


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