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Bill Manhire

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A starting. Words which begin
with Z alarm the heart:
the eye cuts down at once

then drifts across the page
to other disappointments.


Zenana: the women's apartments
in Indian or Persian houses.
Zero is nought, nothing,

nil - the quiet starting point
of any scale of measurement.


The land itself is only
smoke at anchor, drifting above
Antarctica's white flower,

tied by a thin red line
(5000 miles) to Valparaiso.

London 29.4.81


ęBill Manhire

Last updated 11 July, 2001