My Last Mistress

Original Text: 
Stallworthy, Jon. Rounding the Horn: Collected Poems. Manchester, England: Carcanet Press, 1998: 233-234.
1That's my last mistress on the easel. I
2call her 'The Fallen Picador'---and why?
3She lived ten years with the minotaur
4and deserved to leave with the honours of war,
5so when Vallauris last July declared
6me president of the corrida, I shared
7the honours with her. Seeing that the bull
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Publication Notes: 
The Guest from the Future
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
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