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John Burnside

So, all regrets aside, let’s just assume
I came from distant space.
How else explain the blue? how else explain
this silken chill, like snowfall at the heart?

— John Burnside, from section 1 “Autobiography,” in “Self Portrait as Blue Baby,” Still Life with Feeding Snake (Jonathan Cape, 2017)

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