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John Gurney

John Gurney came second in last year’s Arvon/Observer Poetry Competition. He is currently working on verse plays and revising a verse epic on the Royal Flying Corps.

Poem: ‘Anti-Climax’

John Gurney, 31 August 1989

Ferenczi wrote in 1938 that acts preparatory to coitus all served in different ways to duplicate the narcissistic self. The syllabus of kissing, stroking, biting and the rest facilitates the loss of boundaries between the different partners and divests the woman of her terror. Now your bliss- equipment is discarded, and our clothes are heaped in different tumuli, my male decision falters....

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