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Poem of the Week: “Scar” by Moya Cannon


Why does it affect
and comfort me
the little scar
where, years ago, you cut your lip
shaving when half drunk
and in a hurry
to play drums in public.

We step now
to rhythms we don’t own or understand,
and, with blind, dog-like diligence,
we hunt for scars in tender places.

–Moya Cannon, from The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry, 1967-2000 (1999)

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  1. Melanie says:

    Link doesn’t seem to work. Would like to read this poem.

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