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This poem is taken from PN Review 24, Volume 8 Number 4, March - April 1982.

Section from 'Fragment of Anno Domini' George Barker

In a time of fashionable evangelists
              to retire to small vegetable allotments;
in a time of doctors and aristocratic actresses
              to eavesdrop on the dialogues of worms;
in a time of national anthems and brass bands
              to conduct rigorous callisthenics for corpses;
in a time of bald-headed administrators
              to erect beribboned maypoles and
encourage cardsharpers; in a time of Scandinavian
              architecture and pornography to wrestle
with incubi and succubi; in a time of magicians and waterdiviners
              to remember, nevertheless, that we can fly.
From moralistic and political trials
              allow us 0 lord chief justice to draw
our own biased conclusions without
              fear of the bell, the book or the final
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