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after William Dobell's ‘The Strapper' (1941)
Camouflaged against the smug mahogany
of the Red Lion in Westminster,
the sitting member drains his knockoff Stella—
beyond the bronze Churchill disingenuous
tourists mumble hymns for free
entry to the abbey—and wonders
whether in Australia, like the constellations,
everything is upside down: a world replete
with Swift's Houyhnhnms, where beasts scold
men—centaurs gripping Lapiths by the throat—
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