Remembering the '90S
Mahon, Derek, Chicago Review
Beyond the light stand failure and remorse ... -Philip Larkin, High Windows
The snow-man infants from the nursery school
devised from the first fall of January
stares back from a far corner of the square
a selfish giant made to freeze and rule
the garden as if self-generated there,
his abstract mien and cold, bituminous eye
proclaiming a different order of reality
from the bright children who gave rise to him.
When they go there to play at mid-morning
their primary colours seem to prefigure spring,
the deliquescence of each rigorous thing;
but the ex-child at the window watching …
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Publication information: Article title: Remembering the '90S. Contributors: Mahon, Derek - Author. Journal title: Chicago Review. Volume: 43. Issue: 4 Publication date: Fall 1997. Page number: 116+. © 1999 University of Chicago. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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