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This poem is taken from PN Review 223, Volume 41 Number 5, May - June 2015.

‘The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx’ and Other Poems Tara Bergin
The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx

Mademoiselle:
little
Fräulein:
little
daughter
you have left your mark:
a little jottings; a little paper;
a little ink on the sides
of the mouth.
What did you think?
That it was nice?
That it was easy?
La clef turned in the lock:
that bit is easy, but the rest?
What happened next?
Ah yes, this is what turned your head:
She –
Mrs. Bored, Mrs. Why-Did-I-Marry –
she went over/ went directly/ she went straight over/
to the third shelf,
...


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