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by his wish to console and amuse a child suffering the terrible ordeal of enforced immobility for almost a year in all – is inseparable from his poetic vocation’ (Temenos 8, p.144).

‘Attis’ A single, undated draft. Never previously published.

‘The Melodramatic’ (August 1967) One of the last poems Watkins worked on. It is not in a form Watkins would have regarded as final. Never previously published.

‘Aphorisms’ First published in exactly this form, but with no title, in X: A Quarterly (1960).


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