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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.

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“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.