Richard Burns


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Richard Burns (born Richard Berengarten, 1943) is a European poet and editor.

Richard Burns (nom de plume of Richard Berengarten) was born in London in 1943 of Jewish immigrant parents. He was educated at Mill Hill School, Pembroke College, Cambridge and University College London.

He has lived in Greece, Italy, the UK, the US and former Yugoslavia.

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A Gift

You, other, fellow, person, human, neighbour,
whose kin cannot be proved, who yet are kin,
though strange, and stranger far for being within,
you, sharer and divider of this labour
I toil at here - what for? who for? for you?
Or for my vanity? or therapy? or pride? -
What will you make of this once I have died
and you glance at or through, yet can't gaze through?
Our only rendezvous, sole meeting place
is here, among, in, through, beneath, behind
these plural words, and in their virtual space,
for here we greet and touch, as kin, as kind.
So, singular, far ...

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