Poems

Jamie Grant: ‘Nabokov” and ‘Too Many Birthday’

Too Many Birthday There was nothing the Chinese specialist could say when pressed as to the cause of my complaint. He shook his head and whispered “Too many birthday.” I went out for a walk beside the bay only to tumble over in a faint. All that the kind Dutch specialist would say was that my heart had stopped, the way a light turns out, before going on to paint a grim scenario: “Too many birthday.” It seemed that something rotten was at play. An artery would not work without a stent was all the Indian specialist could say. Now,…

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