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Loathed by Huysmans

Julian Barnes

Too early or too late?

David Runciman

Short Cuts: Five Victorian Marriages

Tom Crewe

Society as a Broadband Network

William Davies

Indefinite Lent

Thomas Jones

In 1348

James Meek

The House of York

John Guy

At the Movies: Pasolini’s ‘Teorema’

Michael Wood

Secrets are like sex

Neal Ascherson

Poem: ‘The Bannisters’

Paul Muldoon

Clarice Lispector

Rivka Galchen

Marius Petipa

Simon Morrison

At the Foundling Museum: ‘Portraying Pregnancy’

Joanne O’Leary

Caroline Gordon v. Flannery O’Connor

Rupert Thomson

Revism

Joe Dunthorne

Poem: ‘The Reach of the Sea’

Maureen N. McLane

Diary: Where water used to be

Rosa Lyster

How to set up an ICU

Lana Spawls

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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