“BUILDINGS THAT BEGIN TO SUBSIDE/AS SOON AS ERECTED”: A SEBALDIAN POEM BY STEVEN BENSON

Decayed “Grand “Hotel Scarborough; read the reviews on Trip Advisor to see whats it is like inside!

former ballroom?”Grand” again

The above is a quotation from part 2, “And if I remained by the outermost Sea”, of “After nature”

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Dunwich;

Scarborough.

One has

Already

Fallen

Into the sea

(Its churchbells allegedly

Toll

Beneath

The sea);

The other

Is slipping

Very gradually

Into the sea

NOW,

Despite the

Helpless

Sea defences;

As “The Grand”

Becomes

“The Decrepit”;

Just as

England’s former

Second city

Became a

City

BELOW

The sea

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Time erodes.

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This connects to my short story re the fall into the sea, in 1993, of the Holbeck Hall Hotel, Scarboroughhttps://decayetude.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/the-hotel-and-the-guest-a-story-of-sebaldian-malaise-and-an-essay-in-psychogeography/

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