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This poem is taken from PN Review 210, Volume 39 Number 4, March - April 2013.

Millport Observations John Wedgwood Clarke
A shag leaps through the sea's pupil
like the sea,

and the eye dilates,
all eyes, waiting for word.

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Observe the paraphernalia of objectivity:
a row of magnifying glasses - heavy
vision flowers clamped to stands.

*

Out at Farlans Point, a history
of plastics obscures the pebbles.

I calculate the position of the missing Ark
using a bow-fronted house
and photograph of picnic with parasol.

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The Clyde's in wooden boxes
cast-iron tanks and fridges
in a building like a cross
between a morgue, a garage and dental surgery
with a sweet library attached
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