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Photos from my father

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From the unexpected envelope

slip 7x5s and 8x10s –

people, places, not seen since boyhood.

A Post-it attached reads: ‘Just keep these’.


Most of the images are landscape:

sunlight, splayed by oaks; autumn midges

shot at dawn (‘Exmoor ’76’);

Crosby, Stills and Nash live in concert;


a forest of ponies, yellow-brown

like a still from The High Chaparral;

something captured at night, only not;

a close-up of what might be duckweed.


The last is a portrait of a young

Chinese boy, smiling over his lunch.

On the back, a hurried: ‘I love you’.

It all arrives three decades too late.

In early childhood, the poet was often incorrectly assumed to be Chinese.

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