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Twenty-Five Laments for Iraq

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The Bombing of Baghdad as seen from an Electrical Goods Shop 12 The Discovery of Radioactivity 13 The Orchids at Cwm y Gaer 14 Regulars 16 Elementary Songs 17 One Moment on the Avenida 22 Carioca 24 Questions of The Woman Who Fell 26 Samphire 30 Songs for the Lugmen 32 Lac la Ronge 36 Coyotes 40 A Natural History of Saskatchewan 42 Roadkill Blues 46 She Drove a ’Seventies Plymouth 61 Neolithic 62 After the Hurricane 64 Jack Kerouac Park 68 St Pat’s 71 The Bear 73 The Hoopoe of Punta Ala 75 Voices from The Museum of the Mother of All Wars 76 A Welshman’s Flora 80 Mr Multitude 87 The Ghost Orchids of Berdun 93 The Porthcawl Preludes 98 The Ziggurat 106 From the Rock Pool 111

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