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Poem introduction

This poem was inspired by the strangest chat up line I’ve ever received. I’d done a reading, and then after the reading I’d gone to the pub with some of the people in the audience. Completely out of the blue, this bloke I hadn’t even spoken to at all all evening leaned across the table and said to me “Do you know? I’ve never slept with a poet before”. It was the word before that particularly alarmed me. So, I wrote this poem.

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