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Keith Douglas

(January 24, 1920 – June 9, 1944 / Tunbridge Wells, Kent)

Quotations

How To Kill

Under the parabola of a ball,
a child turning into a man,
I looked into the air too long.
The ball fell in my hand, it sang
in the closed fist: Open Open
Behold a gift designed to kill.

Now in my dial of glass appears
the soldier who is going to die.

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