"Marriage" XVI (by David Harsent)

Original Text: 
David Harsent, Selected Poems 1969-2005 (London: Faber and Faber, 2002). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2008 International Shortlist).
1I perch on a 'Bauhaus-style' chrome and raffia
2stool as you drop your knife and pause to consider
3this fish and its fistula,
4this fish with its deep deformity, its head like a cosh,
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011