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Poem introduction

'Cousin Coat' is about an invisible coat which I eventually discovered I'd been wearing all my life and was not allowed to remove. It's an historical coat and perhaps is best imagined as having at some time spent about fifty or a hundred years lying at the bottom of the Aire Navigation Canal soaking up mud, chemicals, and other bits and pieces.

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