She is always in a room,
or rather, an apartment
black her hair
everyone wanted to date her—
at beaches also she became unclothed
her skirt off and dresses and blouses
Michael S. Begnal was formerly the editor of the Galway, Ireland-based literary magazine, The Burning Bush (1999-2004). His latest poetry collection is Ancestor Worship, published by Salmon Poetry in 2007. His first collection, The Lakes of Coma, was brought out in 2003 from Six Gallery Press, followed in 2005 by the long poem, Mercury, the Dime. He appears in the anthologies Breaking the Skin: New Irish Poetry (Black Mountain Press, 2002) and, in Irish, Go Nuige Seo (Coiscéim, 2004, 2005). He is also included in the recent essay collection, Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde under “Post-” Conditions (Litteraria Pragensia, 2006), and is editor of Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy (Arlen House, 2006).
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