Veteran (by Fanny Howe)

Original Text: 
Fanny Howe, Selected Poems (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2001 International Shortlist).
1I don't believe in ashes; some of the others do.
2I don't believe in better or best; some of the others do.
3I don't believe in a thousand flowers or the first robin
4of the year or statues made of dust. Some of the others do
5I don't believe in seeking sheet music
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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