This poem is taken from Stand 226, 18(2) June - August 2020.

Richard Lambert Two Poems
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Kirsty MacColl singing Billy Bragg’s
‘New England’; Billy Bragg singing it.
‘Walk on By’ by Burt Bacharach in
the version by Laura Nyro; ‘The Bells’
by Laura with Labelle, that grunt
one of them gives in the middle:
none of these you will ever know.

Old sleeves, crackle of needle, songs
scratched, repeat obsessively
the same words: Kirsty MacColl
singing Billy Bragg’s ‘New England’;
Billy Bragg singing it; ‘The Bells’
by Laura Nyro with Labelle; and
‘It’s Gonna Take a Miracle’ –
Never, never, never … No …
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