XCII.

“Dirge” by Stevie Smith, found in an essay in Read Hard, edited by Ed Park and Heidi Julavits:

From a friend’s friend I taste friendship,
From a friend’s friend love,
My spirit in confusion,
Long years I strove,
But now I know that never
Nearer shall I move,
Than a friend’s friend to friendship,
To love than a friend’s love.

Smith you may know from “Not Waving But Drowning.”

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