Leap without thinking to the icefloe page black rats at that stage when the ship is sinking. Logic’s flotsam to claw any reason they can get each one a Crusoe yet seeking inhabited shore. See how they run together a brook in full babble pointscoring as in Scrabble as trustworthy as weather. As rats will stop to preen curl to sleep in sewer nest words are often at their best in the silences between. Rod Usher

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