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The Reunion

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1. BROTHER COAL Brother Coal

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Pit Ponies

Returns

A Brace of Snipe

To a Halver

Labourers, Allendale, c.1875

Undersong

The Buttoned Lip

The Prophet

Comeuppance

A Lyke-Wake Dirge

The Matter

Sober-Hearted Man Blues

The Seven Joys of Failure

The Tawny Owl

Powder Blue

The Well

A Form of Words

Last Poem

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ii. THE ACTS OF OBLIVION To History 61 The Parasite 62 The Rogue 64 Lord Hearsay’s Palace 75

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