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Poem introduction

This poem is a commission. It was commissioned by the Tate Gallery in connection with a competition they were running - I was one of the judges - and the subject had to be either a particular painting or work of art in the Tate or the gallery itself in general. And they asked the judges to write a poem on the same theme together with those by the prize-winners and they were all to be included in an anthology. So I decided to write about something I had often felt about art galleries, that when you come out your vision is different, you see things differently from when you went in. I called it 'Leaving the Tate'.

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