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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Wake: Up to Poetry

"The act of poetry is a rebel act."

Poem of the Week

This poem is from John Montague’s latest title, due out in mid-April, called Speech Lessons. It’s dedicated to his wife. Enjoy!

Silences

for Elizabeth

1
Poetry is a weapon, and should be used,
though not in the crudity of violence.
It is a prayer before an unknown altar,
a spell to bless the silence.

2

There is a music beyond all this,
beyond all forms of grievance,
where anger lays its muzzle down
and into the lap of silence.

3

Or some butterfly script,
fathomed only by the other,
as supple fingers draw
a silent message from the tangible.


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