George Szirtes

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Powers of Thirteen

By John Hollander

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The Candy-Floss Tree

By Norman Nicholson, Gerda Mayer, Frank Flynn

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When a man writes 169 poems, of thirteen lines each, with thirteen syllables to each line; when he spends precisely thirteen poems explaining the significance of the number thirteen; when one poem is an acrostic based on his own name which contains thirteen letters; and when the last letter of each line of that acrostic adds up to another acrostic, you get the feeling that he is either very superstitious or very clever.

Royal Shakespeare Company


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