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 TWO Poems

 (Self-Portrait as a CIRCLE)

 Edward DOEGAR

Self-Portrait as a Circle

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Is as clear
As my conscience
A site

Of incitement
To hope
I share

A belief
In refreshing
The present

I pin
A safety pin
To (((        )))


The new vogue
Of looking out the window
Can be likened
To the old vogue for views
Without being too obtuse

As gravy is to the roast potato
So it must be
To the chip and soon
To the twice-fried fries
They no longer serve as a side

Saying this to myself
And you
Is the admission of nothing
For nothing
A trade in senseless deficit

Of course
Looking in through the aperture
Of my own reflection
The vessel rests
Neither ruined nor complete

On your lips
The only decision lingers
Either itch or ache
As if words were a recipe
For Elizabeth Bishop

Edward DOEGAR’s poems, translations and reviews have appeared in various magazines, including Poetry Review, Prac Crit, Poetry Wales and The Manchester Review. He is a Complete Works fellow and six of his poems are featured in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: The New Wave. He works at The Poetry Society and is currently an assistant editor at Rialto.

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Partner to a press called Tenement, Hotel is a publications series for new approaches to fiction, non fiction & poetry & features work from established & emerging talent. Hotel provides the space for experimental reflection on literature’s status as art & cultural mediator. 

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