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The Last Campaign

by Rachel Loden

1998, 28 pages

Winner of the 1998 Sapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition.

"My Night with Philip Larkin"

Rendezvous with dweeby Philip in the shower:
"Aubade" taped up on pale blue tile;
I can hear him grumbling through the falling water.
Uncurling steam is scented with a trace of bile,
And I'm as grateful as a thankless child can be.
Someone has been here in this night with me,
Someone whose bitterness, I want to say,
Is even more impressive than my own.
Talking with Larkin on the great white telephone
I let the night be washed out into day

Until it's safe enough to go lie down
And dream of my librarian, my bride.
Perhaps he sits and watches in his dressing gown;
I know he won't be coming to my side
For fumblings and words he simply can't get out.
That stuff was never what it was about
When he would wake at four o'clock to piss
And part the curtains, let the moon go on
With all the things worth doing, and not done,
The things that others do instead of this.


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Audio Sample:

As read by the author,
Rachel Loden


About the Author:

Rachel Loden

Praise For
The Last Campaign

"There's an edge to these poems, a sly, sardonic edge that lays bare the tricky changes of a world filled with campaign slogans and dissembling politicians."

—Allison Joseph

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