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Mist at Dusk

          Pig's Hollow, Sugarloaf, Co. Wicklow

Maybe it's the breath
of the giant pig
that lay then rose
and moved off
down the lea of the hill,
rump swaying, steam rising,
as it sets off
down Snuggary Lane

or maybe
it's the breath
light leaves;
having pitched up
on the slope,
it shrugs
moves off
down the mountainside
as night's grasses
spring back again.

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Nell Regan is an Irish poet and non-fiction writer. Her 3rd collection One Still Thing (Enitharmon Press) is partly based on her time in Iowa and the US as a Fellow on the International Writing Programme, University of Iowa and Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley. Other awards include the 2016 Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship and her latest publication is the historical biography, Helena Molony: A Radical Life (Arlen House).

"Mist at Dusk" originally appeared in The Iowa Review Volume 43, Issue 1 (Spring 2013).

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