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This poem is taken from PN Review 214, Volume 40 Number 2, November - December 2013.

'Tap Dogs' Music' and Other Poems Les Murray
Tap Dogs' Music

Ponderous cauldrons
roaring with air
white gold slopping over
smoke fallout everywhere

Open the tap-hole
steel light is blind
intense as a searchlight
infinitely confined

The scorched hook-steerers
down in the spatter
spend crib times heel-and-toeing
a new ferrous patter

on sheets of cooled plate
since these works will soon close
and spangling metal
will set in black floes.
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