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Ivan Head: ‘The Poet Transcendental’

The Poet Transcendental There was a time when I could fly over high hurdles; set them one peg lower and make my body seem to flow in fluid strides between them, unimpeded by lumpish density. Though not school-best and on some lower rung, I got it on my curriculum. Since then I have read that some were dragged on other hurdles, half-dead to Tyburn or Tower Hill for more brutal competition. Time was when I could also throw the discus not discuss it, spin it centrically and make it fly disc-wise or slice the air in apt trajectory. Aquinas, mal-named…

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