George Szirtes

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Powers of Thirteen

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The Candy-Floss Tree

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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.

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