By Tomas Espedal, James Anderson
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I k nning wrote: I've:: failed with this poem. I fai l. I Cut at e::n:r\'Liung. Jt, C\C:rvthing, it gets too much for me. l g~ve:: up. It's Sunday, Sunday the: eighth of April; roda\ my work ground w a hair, tt's all falling to pieces: me, the book, everything. AGAIN S T ART It's Sunday the eighth of April. You get up. Splash cold water on your face, dress, in the same clothes, day after day. You work. April, September, day and night. You try to recreate an ordinary day, labour to describe a completely ordinary day, but can't.
Mummy\ hm·. Ctssy. he g rew up in a tough street. They saw he was a mummy's boy, a lone child, he wa~n't left alone, he wasn't left in peace.
Against Art by Tomas Espedal, James Anderson