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If I'm you, or you me—
Interpenetrating God—
enlarge our intimacy.

You who are animus   
and blood—
who make me dust

from this table
blown into grass,   
invisible—

Is it you—or I—
I pass
and cannot see?

Source: Poetry (January 2009)

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  • Fiona Sampsonwas born in London and trained as a violinist. Her early musical studies and professional career as a musician in Europe influenced her editing and writing. She studied at Oxford University and received a PhD in the philosophy of language from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. Her poetry collections include Folding the Real (2001); The Distance Between Us (2005), a novel in verse; Common Prayer (2007); and Rough Music (2010).
    Sampson’s poetry shows an attention to sound and the visual presence of poetry on the page.  Ruth Padel described Sampson’s style in the Guardian: “The tone is controlled and lightly pitched; there is a lovely surface smoothness with the rough.” The attention to the aural qualities of poetry has also made its way into her essays: On Listening (2007) and Music Lessons: The Newcastle Poetry Lectures (2011).
    Sampson’s academic studies led to a concentration on the connection of writing to health,...

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