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A Removal from Terry Street

Douglas Dunn


A Removal from Terry Street

Douglas Dunn


A Removal from Terry Street

A Removal from Terry Street

On a squeaking cart, they push the usual stuff,
A mattress, bed ends, cups, carpets, chairs,
Four paperback westerns. Two whistling youths
In surplus U S Army battle-jackets
Remove their sister’s goods. Her husband
Follows, carrying on his shoulders the son
Whose mischief we are glad to see removed,
And pushing, of all things, a lawnmower.
There is no grass in Terry Street. The worms
Come up cracks in concrete yards in moonlight.
That man, I wish him well. I wish him grass.


from New Selected Poems 1964-2000 (Faber, 2003), © Douglas Dunn 2003, used by permission of the author c/o United Agents Ltd.

Recordings

Douglas Dunn Reading from his Poems

1Men of Terry Street

2A Removal from Terry Street

3On Roofs of Terry Street

4The Friendship of Young Poets

5Modern Love

6The Students

7Empires

8St Kilda's Parliament: 1879-1979

9An Address on the Destitution of Scotland

10Washing the Coins

11Loch Music

12Arrangements

13France

14The Kaleidoscope

15Tursac

16Empty Wardrobes

17Reading Pascal in the Lowlands

18Love-making by Candlelight

19An Address to Adolphe Sax in Heaven

20Unlike Herons

21from Disenchantments IX

22Extra Helpings

23If Only

24You

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