Mairéad Byrne

Donald Hall Would Hate Me

if he knew me
I don’t want to be great

it takes me 10 minutes
to write a poem

& then

I want to whisper or
shout it about

My poems are usually brief
they resemble each other
they are anecdotal
they do not extend themselves
they make no great claims
they connect small things to other small things


I just want to kick the leaves
& have done

Before it was published in The Best of (What's Left of) Heaven (PG 2010), this poem appeared in poem, home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica (Paper Kite Press 2009). More information about Mairéad can be found at her blog, Heaven.

November 2010 marks four years of PGP, and Everyday Genius is marking the occasion all month by publishing work from its archives as well as IsReads, Chapbook Genius and excerpts from some of PGP's books.

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