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John Denny

The Penalties

A beautiful loss
is still a loss,
a beautiful mistake
is still beautiful.

It is the rules of the room
that still define you,
it is the things that we do on our own
that betray you.

From the council estate
to the London art squats
that fill in the textual background ~
feeling numerous
writing can be poisonous verse
almost plural
at your funeral.

Your disparate profile networked in the window
like a ghost or a girlfriend,

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