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Artefacts Annette Iles

She offered us her uncle's medals
also, from time to time, such things
as folders of music,
a paint-chipped chair
paste jewellery,

postcards faint with dust.
We muttered excuses.
Old family tat,
my brother called it;
who'd want that?

Artefacts is the winning poem in the 2018 Poetry on Loan poetry competition. Poets were asked to submit poems up to 20 lines in length on th theme Take this...

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30 November 2018
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