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ABOUT EILEEN MALONE ...eileenbio

Eileen Malone lives in the coastal fog of the San Francisco Bay area where (after many years of teaching) she reads and writes poetry every day. Over five hundred of her poems have been published in literary journals and anthologies, and two of them were recently nominated for Pushcart prizes. Her collection I Should Have Given Them Water was published in June 2010 by Ragged Sky Press.

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A SAMPLE FROM EILEEN MALONE ...

Eating Her Wedding Dress

Tossed over the vanity chair
delicious damp fingerprints
on my baby sister's white velvet gown
form small, new mushrooms
once again, I the old and unmarried
press my face to the wedding feast
eat pearls of pickled onions
raw oysters in tiny ivory shells
I release my tongue, lick salt
as spit squirts like estrogen
between emerging rat teeth
capable of grinding, chewing
this ceremony of thoughts
sliding all denial and neglect
like colorless afterbirth
down my slippery throat
I might seem old hag
devouring evidence
—what is left of the bride
what remains of my mind
—no matter, I no longer fear
I might be what I seem.

 

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