The new Philip Larkin poem.

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Feb. 10 2003 2:46 PM

High Standards

Is the new Philip Larkin poem worthy of publication?

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"We met at the end of the party" is an enviable poem. It has exquisite pacing, smart turns, and the deceptive ease that conscientious formal poets spend their lives trying to achieve. Larkin would have been more than justified in publishing it. But he wouldn't have been Larkin.

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"We met at the end of the party" is reprinted by permission of the Society of Authors as the literary representative of the estate of Philip Larkin.

Eric McHenry is the author of Potscrubber Lullabies, which received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He teaches at Washburn University.