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 Edward DOEGAR
 THREE poems

ODE AS GRUDGE,
                    THE YOU’RE NOT,  
& AN EFFORT, AS IN









ODE AS GRUDGE


to the moon. Messing with the baby
blue, diminishing returns too soon.
Save me. White thing. Recipient
of yearn. Reflective brute. The you

that pens these clarifying tendencies.
You’re nothing to the obliterating
day, the blindingly obvious
who-needs-a-fucking-metaphor

for this. I unwelcome you here,
patron of irony, swish peddler
of the implicit. Knowing winker
at the contradiction. Always around

for a round of applause. Silence
employed. Pushing the work rate
of the clean white page. You’re so
heroically against the black. Tragic

star of inactivity, who ponders
to precision, to the obligingly pathetic fallacy that, that, that, there, always there, there above,
demandingly indifferent, ever only differentiating from itself, this never knowingness that
dwells in every ritual perhaps





THE YOU’RE NOT


from here meets me in the mirror, the shock
not being my own face (obliged into its objective
travesty, its all-too-familiar anything but) but
the reflection I’m not faced with, that you are
or might be, a nearer, fairer summary than





AN EFFORT, AS IN


intention’s pit stains on display, the sense
of stumbling short, achieved, the stoop
to measure the narrowness of loss, its so
much, its no more no less than then now.

But to stop there would be to say what?
Something about trying, in spite of oneself,
to undermine the race, those presumptions
that I can’t avoid making, that what then



Edward DOEGAR is a poet and editor based in London. He is a consulting editor at The Rialto and was the commissioning editor of the Poetry Translation Centre between 2018 and 2021. His pamphlet FOR NOW was published by clinic in 2017, and a text written in collaboration with the artist Shakeeb ABU HAMDAN will be published by Kelder Press in 2022.




          IMAGE

            A found photograph,
            courtesy of Samuel KILCOYNE / Augenblick

            (see here)





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