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The Saturday poem: Square Ring

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by Ian Duhig

for Tom Duhig

A Sixties man thing: Dad, us, circling to bond
as hard as Ingemar Johansson’s glue in the ad
around our huge box, its screen a snow globe
of American static. The night Johansson won,
a commentator summarized Floyd Patterson:
the feet of a ballet dancer, the chin of a poet.
Floyd knocked out Ingemar in their rematch;
his brilliant smile shone through his glass jaw.

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