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To the uncorruptibility of the relic, that remainder of the saint's body, 'Translation' offers as a counter the sharp 'edges of words grinding against nature', as it makes manifest beneath the tombstone the corruption, the 'rotten teeth', that forced these bodies into labour: 'Assist them now, ridges under the veil, shifting,/Searching for their parents, their names,/The edges of words grinding against nature,//As if, when water sank between the rotten teeth/Of soap, and every grasp seemed melted, one voice/Had begun, rising above the shuffle and hum' (The Girl Who Married the Reindeer, p.