“2011” A Poem by Fanny Howe

From Love and I

October 8, 2019  By Fanny Howe

On the last bus from Dublin to Limerick
Raindrops pelted the landscape
And held little photos
Of aluminum crutches in each drop
Rolling down the glass.
These were buildings built
On phony loans that bankrupted
The country. Pharmaceuticals
And cheap hospital
Industry styles and ghost estates.
There were only two people on the bus
Plus the driver and a baby
In a cradle shaped like a quiver.
Everywhere I look, my thoughts grow wild.

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From Love and I. Used with the permission of the publisher, Graywolf Press. Copyright © 2019 by Fanny Howe.

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Fanny Howe
Fanny Howe
Fanny Howe is the author of more than thirty works of poetry and prose, including Love and I, The Needle's Eye, Come and See, and The Winter Sun. Her poetry collection, Second Childhood, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her fiction has been honored as a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. She lives in New England.

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