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19 June 2014

“West London“: a new poem by Fiona Sampson

By Fiona Sampson

Behind each window
is a tableau
like in an advent
calendar –

or a vitrine –
where each room extends
into another
scene beyond scene

ceaselessly varied
and the same
as if a giant
spoiled child

was playing houses,
rearranging
French doors, sofas,
walls of books –

the same few favourites
placed now here
now here – endless rehearsal
and displacement.

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Fiona Sampson is professor of poetry at the University of Roehampton and the editor of Poem magazine. Her latest book is Coleshill (Chatto & Windus, £10).