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Poems by Ian Hamilton Finlay
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The Dancers Inherit the Party

by Ian Hamilton Finlay

When I have talked for an hour I feel lousy—
Not so when I have danced for an hour:
The dancers inherit the party
While the talkers wear themselves out and
          sit in corners alone, and glower.

From Ian Hamilton Finlay: Selections by Ian Finlay. Copyright 2012 by Ian Finlay. Reprinted with permission of University of California Press. All rights reserved.
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