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David Cooke

AFTER BRUEGEL   The magpie on the gallows has seen it all, but now remembers nothing; the bright beads of his eyes swivelling...
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Ben Mazer

Ben Mazer

sweating the heat, lagged on a sagging couch, / springs broken and collapsed, the curtains drawn, / and saw receding from my distant childhood / an old film I'd loved from fifty years ago, / The Strawberry Blonde

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THE POEM: David Cooke on Derek Mahon’s “The Snow Party”

"What is certainly clear is that ‘The Snow Party’ is a minor masterpiece in which Mahon has gained maximum effect from minimum means by developing one central image."

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