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The American Virus

Eliot Weinberger

The Home Life of Inspector Maigret

John Lanchester

Story: ‘Have a Seat in the Big Black Chair’

Diane Williams

The Last Whale

Colin Burrow

In Beijing

Long Ling

Princess Margaret and Lady Anne

Rosemary Hill

At the Movies: ‘Arkansas’

Michael Wood

Ruin it your own way

Susan Pedersen

At Home

Jane Miller

The Ottoman Conundrum

Helen Pfeifer

Poem: ‘Muntjac’

Blake Morrison

Piketty’s Revolution

Geoff Mann

Short Cuts: In Tripoli

Jérôme Tubiana

Coetzee Makes a Leap

Christopher Tayler

At Auckland Castle: Francisco de Zurbarán

Nicola Jennings

Drain the Swamps

Steven Shapin

Diary: In the Isolation Room

Nicholas Spice

Close
Close

Exhausted from my walk, I chanced
on a bench, but eyeing it before I sat –
decided to slide

well along the narrow planks
to give these nailed words
air: ‘A sailor who loved

Richmond Park’. No date inscribed
no donor named. Who knows who gave
this land-locked sailor leave?

Floating freely now
acroos his deer-strewn acres ... Untroubled,
riding at anchor in the emerald depths

of the rhododendrons. At last,
to circumnavigate the world with ease.
Even now (with the wink kicking up)

he sails as steady as
this bench. To know
you’ve rounded it: Cape Fear

no longer clouding your horizon.

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