Explaining Poetry To Others

I found this postcard in a junk shop.  The image is strange and if you give it a closer look it gets wierder.  I wonder if the text was added after the fact by someone else.  In the picture there is a spotlight…or light coming through a curtain?  But why is the curtain open if there is a lamp?  Is that a cigarette burning on the carpet behind the figures?  Is the poet Fred sitting in a theater seat? 

The image is by Glen Baxter from 1989.  The postcard was produced by Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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