Interesting People of Newfoundland (by John Ashbery)
John Ashbery, Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems (New York: HarperCollins Publishers/Ecco, 2007). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from the winning volume on the International Shortlist 2001).
1Newfoundland is, or was, full of interesting people.
2Like Larry, who would make a fool of himself on street corners
3for a nickel. There was the Russian who called himself
4the Grand Duke, and who was said to be a real duke from somewhere,
5and the woman who frequently accompanied him on his rounds.
6Doc Hanks, the sawbones, was a real good surgeon
7when he wasn't completely drunk, which was most of the time.The rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
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