This poem is taken from Stand 227, 18(3) September - November 2020.

Donald Levering Getting the Right Tone

I’m trying to get the tone right, the giddiness of new lovers like flying kites on a gusty day
in the park, the romance of foreign train travel as we rattled through small republics,
giggling, touching each other, citizens of the ‘leader of the free world’ and the home of
Rock ‘n’ Roll,

                                        and next we know we’re gaping at swastikas in tunnels between ancient
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