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George Szirtes

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George Szirtes is the author of a number of books, including Bad Machine (Sheep Meadow Press, 2013) and The Burning of the Books (Circle Press, 2008). He lives in Wymondham, Norfolk, England.

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for Marilyn Hacker

There were the books, and wolves were in the books.
They roamed between words. They snarled and loped
through stories with bedraggled wolfish looks

at which the hackles rose and the world stopped
in horror, and she read them because she