The Blue Guitar (by P. K. Page)

Original Text: 
P.K. Page, Coal and Roses: Twenty-one Glosas (Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 2009). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2010 Canadian Shortlist).
They said, 'You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.'
The man replied, 'Things as they are
are changed upon the blue guitar.'
--The Blue Guitar (Wallace Stevens)
1I do my best to tell it true
2a thing exceeding hard to do
3or tell it slant as Emily
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011