Jean Monahan

Jean Monahan
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Jean Monahan is the author of two books of poetry, Hands (Anhinga Press, 1992), and Believe It Or Not (Orchises Press, 1999) and Same Difference. She is in the process of completing a fourth collection, 18th Century Zebra. She has appeared in many journals such as The New Republic, Orion, Graham House, Shenandoah, Seneca Review, Columbia, Chelsea and Nimrod. She has won numerous awards, including a recent 2nd prize in the River Styx magazine 1998 contest and the Open Voice Award from The Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts. more »

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  • Rookie - 142 Points Mary Donnelly (7/2/2012 1:27:00 PM)

    Enjoyed your poem very much. I had been searching for the other Monahan on here Mike.His poems are out of this world

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Best Poem of Jean Monahan

Rough Beast

Don't tell a camel about need and want.

Look at the big lips
in perpetual kiss,
the dangerous lashes
of a born coquette.

The camel is an animal
grateful for less.

It keeps to itself
the hidden spring choked with grass,
the sharpest thorn
on the sweetest stalk.

When a voice was heard crying in the wilderness,

when God spoke
from the burning bush,

the camel was the only animal
to answer back.

Dune on stilts,
it leans into the long horizon,

the secret caches of ...

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