Poetry

John Upton: Seagulls

Seagulls   Anton Chekhov was a connoisseur of brothels— you hear unusual things at U3A, the Soviet archives have been coughing up real blood, says Helen over morning coffee as the women come and go talking of—no, that was another week. Christina says over the snappy chatter that Chekhov did eventually get married at fortyone, she read it on the internet, his leading lady, but far too late, within three years he died, it’s all on Wikipedia. Kevin says, Tuberculosis killed him, it’s amazing, he kept denying it, he must have known, he was a doctor. Ruth adds, Died in…

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