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I Will Never Not Tell

from Philomela - Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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I believe this poem has been mentioned on this site before. Sometimes it seems to tell the story of my childhood.

Ovidian Psalm: On What Turns One Into a Bird

(Procne and Philomel)

The betrayer built into ever cell; the trap-
door in all the sidewalks. Take what you want,
I'll never not tell, even when my tongue
makes way for the scissors of the empty air. Even
falling I'll still wear the story in red
letters on my shirt and everyone will know our real
name is fly-by-day, fly-by-night.

By Jean Gallagher, winner of the 2004 "Poets Out Loud" prize.

Published in "This Minute" (Fordham University Press 2005, ISBN 0-8232-2547-x).

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from live_fast-die_young
Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 02:57

Thank you for posting this with all relevant info, including ISBN. I'm opening a bookshop with a large section of poetry and will add Gallagher's work. I'd never heard of her so I Googled the poem....but I can't seem to find anything by Jean Gallagher on the net! ( That secretly makes me glad. ) This poem struck me as very beautiful, and yes, I see the correllation that you made.
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