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Philip Gross

Philip Gross is the author, most recently, of a volume of poetry, The Son of the Duke of No-where, and of a novel for young people, The Song of Gail and Fludd.

Poem: ‘Ex’

Philip Gross, 9 April 1992

Gusting across, not waiting

for the lights, just one more loose end of the working day

leaking home through the cracks in the traffic, at six

already dark ... Across, between a humped WIMPY-jacketed back

hugging two carrier-bags from the off-licence,

and a shock mascara’d teenage mum gone grey

in my headlights (her buggy-bound astronaut

bumping down to the breath of exhaust on his...

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