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To The Virgin in Summer

Oct. 2, 2011
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Brazen summers or those
where you lose your nerve
but this summer we can meet
in the bar to have some drinks
which some people call prayers.
Please read my glass as if you
were reading my palm. I am
devout and pagan maybe you
will send a recommendation
for a forthcoming reincarnation.
The soul is the formula we have
to invent the middle time and
that  allows us to end in strength.
You will have to think harder
because us your Western children
stay high but not dry. On the
other hand we promise we will
not stop singing your hymns nor
leave each other. I remember
your house at Loreto I’ll travel
there and sing your presence.

James Liddy was born in Dublin in 1934, and first came to the U.S. in 1967 to teach at San Francisco State College. After a number of appointments as visiting writer in New York, Oregon, and Ohio, he made his home in Milwaukee where he taught at UWM from 1975 until his death in 2008. His Selected Poems has just been published by Arlen House, and on Thursday, October 6, at 3:00 PM there will be an event at the UWM Golda Meir Library to celebrate James Liddy and his poetry and to announce the opening of the James Liddy papers.


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