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John Burnside

Sometimes you linger days
upon a word,
a single, uncontaminated drop
of sound; for days

it trembles, liquid to the mind,
then falls:
mere denotation
dimming the undertow of language.

— John Burnside, from “Like me, you sometimes waken,” Common Knowledge (Cape Poetry 1991)

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