Linda McKenna

In the museum of misremembered things

Linda McKenna

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the keeper writes a slanted hand;

fine nibbed copperplate tracking

imagined lines of pink and blue.

In lemon juice; this archive

of unprovenanced vows, misheard

names, missed cues. Some day

she may rip out the pages, lay

them flat, heat up the iron. For now,

invisible; the lover picking out

her name on snow so white,

it looked like truth; unbending

wedding lilies, pearls for sorrow,

tangled lace. She leaves space

for days and dates; mislaid,

or folded small, in drawers

of long sold, white lined boxes.

Linda McKenna

Linda McKenna’s debut poetry collection, In the Museum of Misremembered Things, was published by Doire Press in 2020. The title poem won the An Post/Irish Book Awards Poem of the Year in 2021. She has had poems published or forthcoming in, among others, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The North, The Honest Ulsterman, Crannóg, Acumen, Atrium, One, The Stony Thursday Book, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Abridged, Skylight 47, The High Window, Raceme, The Poetry Bus. She lives in Downpatrick, County Down and is working on her second collection.

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