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.Five Poems by Deborah Flanagan
Going to Hell | A Sixpence Song | How the Man is KnitUnauthorized Autobiography | Floating Island Custard
One is for bad news: I dream that men are birds and they have something to tell meTwo is for mirth: wake to find a huge crow, pacing to and froThree is a wedding: drink wine in which a blackbird drownedFour for a birth: I bake a pie full of twenty-four naughty boysFive is for riches: serve it to the queen in the parlor with bread and honeySix is a thief: a bird with one wing steals my noseSeven a journey: I visit the doctor; he sews it back onEight is for grief: the birds refuse to fly out of the pieNine is a secret: why a raven is like a writing deskTen is for sorrow: my heart in a baby birdcageEleven is love: nevermoreTwelve is joy on the morrow: I open my mouth; a bird flies out
Deborah Flanagan's work has appeared in journals including The Gettysburg Review, FIELD, The Laurel Review, Hotel Amerika, and Poet Lore among others.
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