Offset Psalms

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photo: Dora Kazmierak

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Rotary drums beat rhythms out,
offset engine racket-shouts,
rubber rollers turn in formation,
duct nodes twisted: calibration.

Sheet-fed separation: air hiss,
chrome claws suck, proffer kiss,
paper lifted, registration pause,
image transfer: pressure caused.

End-stacked reams: printed paper,
print-room perfumed: chemical vapour;
paper-cut stings, ink-tattooed palms:
this failed-trainee sings offset psalms.

Praise for printers who dare dissent,
not to dictators their knees are bent;
in our mind some truth imprinted:
on our heart some hope is hinted.

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