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previously published in PN Review, 165, August 2005

Try, Please! To Be Sorry


Im sorry, please, Ill try again later.

Again, a sorry try. I am later

and not pleased. I am so afraid.


The person you are knows I am waiting.

The person knows I am phoning. The phone! knows

the person I know. Dont I know anyone


else? You know that phone? It is like a person.

I am sorry it is the phone. Please wait

in. Try to be phoning. Try to know.  


Or be explanatory. Have I mistaken you

for a careless person without a number

to leave? Sorry! again. Me, again.


Claire Crowther

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