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Poem of the week: The Attraction by John Riley

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From the last years of the 60s, this is a startlingly even-handed depiction of personal and social promise – and its inevitable dangers

The attraction of well-washed hands and young words.
Hands eyes emotions in confined spaces.
The hill seems clean, the houses on top of it we ignore.

Smoke in the valley too proclaims a settlement.
Even the glances of the very poor at the moderately rich
Are timid. Always with us. Settled in.

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