Cynthia Gallaher

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Cynthia Gallaher
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Poet, playwright and lyricist named among 'Top 10 Requested Chicago Poets' by the Chicago Public Library and among '100 Women Making a Difference' by Today's Chicago Woman. Her nonfiction book " Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You're Not a Poet" won a National Indie Excellence Award. more »

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They are the clowder of panthers
that fled the jungle as cubs,
traveled north to the Lower Nile,
and swore never to grow up,
but soon, marked with a
brilliant circle of earring,
and reverse spirals
of castration like eunuch slaves,
sat together in a place
where water on all sides
made islands
of their new domestication.

Still, you couldn't stop them
from walking away from pharaohs
whenever they felt like it,
jumping on the queen's pillow
like mavericks,
or pouring off roofs to open porches
like black tears.

Perhaps it was...

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