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NPG x35720; Ian Hamilton by Mark GersonTo live like this:
One hand in yours, the other
Murderously cold; one eye
Pretending to watch over you,
The other blind.
We live in dreams:
These sentimental afternoons,
These silent vows,
How we would starve without them.


“In Dreams” by Ian Hamilton, which you’ll find among his consistently excellent Collected Poems.

The link above takes you to John Etheridge’s The Book of Pain, a site which catalogs his writing and some of the work which influences it. John’s writing is very intricate and careful and readable: it’s one of the few such sites I check consistently.