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Poetry by John Leonard 

John is a poet and poetry editor of Overland.  He lives in Australia.




© 2005 John Leonard





Recently I have forged a summary

Of a mediaeval Georgian chronicle

Of the reign of Queen Tamara,

Transcribed by a Russian antiquary;


I have written a touching account

Of my own death, which

I intend to circulate widely

In many conflicting versions;


I have falsified the records

Of the Church General Council

Of Milan in 2328, lessening

The role of Pope Anna-Maria III.


There is no end to people's

Appetite for what is not true

But could very easily be.

So will my inventions live.







All work is copyrighted property of John Leonard.



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