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This poem is taken from PN Review 221, Volume 41 Number 3, January - February 2015.

at the station of Montparnasse Kathleen Bell
at the station of Montparnasse

Welcome to the café of the future.
    Here is the station of Montparnasse.
The park is closed. They are clearing the square
    for old men who stand with medals and banners.

Here is the station of Montparnasse.
    I am your entertainment for today.
The old men who stand with medals and banners
    will not disturb you. Watch, for your pleasure –

I am your entertainment for today.
    I have here a sheet, white as a page.
I will not disturb you. Watch, for your pleasure.
    This is your history, could you rewrite it.

I have here a sheet, white as a page.
    First you must take your time and look your fill.
This is your history, could you rewrite it.
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