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first published in Poetry Nottingham International Vol. 52 No. 1;

in collection, Salt, (September 2008 ), Poetry Can,
ISBN 978-09539234-3-4


Hours Afterwards


How the clenched

bowel of the garlic


from its papery



priming a pink clove

the little

oily horn


peeling free

reeking -

a root pearl veined

with a sinewy


green, its pulp

cruelly pungent


at a touch.


More than one

and we are steeped


the smell


on our fingers

hours afterwards.



Denise McSheehy


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