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The Silent Generation by Louis Simpson

When Hitler was the Devil He did as he had sworn With such enthusiasm That even, donnerwetter, The Germans say, “Far better Had he been never born!” It was my generation That put the Devil down With great enthusiasm. But … Continue reading

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Elegy by Chidiock Tichborne

Written on the eve of the poet’s execution My prime of youth is but a frost of cares, My feast of joy is but a dish of pain, My crop of corn is but a field of tares, And all … Continue reading

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The Amen Stone by Yehuda Amichai

Translated by Chana Bloch On my desk there is a stone with the word “Amen” on it, a triangular fragment of stone from a Jewish graveyard destroyed many generations ago. The other fragments, hundreds upon hundreds, were scattered helter-skelter, and … Continue reading

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A Death-Bed by Rudyard Kipling

“This is the State above the Law. The State exists for the State alone.” [This is a gland at the back of the jaw, And an answering lump by the collar-bone.] Some die shouting in gas or fire; Some die … Continue reading

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Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

You may talk o’ gin and beer When you’re quartered safe out ’ere, An’ you’re sent to penny-fights an’ Aldershot it; But when it comes to slaughter You will do your work on water, An’ you’ll lick the bloomin’ boots … Continue reading

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A Song: Lying is an occupation by Laetitia Pilkington

Lying is an occupation, Used by all who mean to rise; Politicians owe their station, But to well concerted lies. These to lovers give assistance, To ensnare the fair-one’s heart; And the virgin’s best resistance Yields to this commanding art. … Continue reading

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Volume 2 Footprints by Russell Boyle

A second anthology of 30 poems: Shed Leaves  Footprints  Dissolution  Moment wysiwyg  Perfection  Redfern  Justice  History  Cruel Taliban  White Fortress  The Grey Zone  Torture  Triptych – Dawn  Triptych – Rapture  Triptych – Ruthless  Transcendence Seeking Cognitive Itch  Smoked Trout  Move … Continue reading

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