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 Capital of  the minimal
R o b   A l l a n

from Karitane Postcards


First person went to listen
words as given     more numerous alphabets and notes
lyrical models and memories
so we won’t forget getting here
and all the way out too     looking forward
in the light of the nearest airport
the needy and the poor the just and the unjust
time coming back on itself
into these words     will this reach you
at your address     you asked quizzically
already setting up the debate
Yes I said surprized     I take your meaning
coming this far.    

[Karitane Postcards, Hazard Press, 1991]

©  Rob Allan 2004


Last updated 11 July, 2004