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This poem is taken from PN Review 199, Volume 37 Number 5, May - June 2011.

Four Poems Gwyneth Lewis
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Dusky junco, dusky junco, jay,
Towhee, testy towhee, testy towhee go
Swallow, swallow, swallow, swift,
Culture, give me cultured kite. Oh no,
Carnivorous shrike, no, not the shrike!
I do, the sparrow, oriole.
Eh, ee, ah, oo oriole.


Field Guide to Dementia

To see you is egret,
No, red kite high
On a thermal,
Holding your hand
Is wagtail, comfort.

I think some cuckoo's laid
Its egg of dark inside my head.

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