Reverse Emigration

By Alice Lyons Alice Lyons Read the Q & A
When I boarded the plane, everyone looked like Uncle Tom
ruddy, some were empurpled
gray hair or auburn in terrier thatches
pale blue of eye
a smidgen of resignation:
the tribe.
I thought We are driving to the interior
I thought holy god
the airline upholstery
was Yeats, Kavanagh and Heaney
handwriting. I thought
holy shit, this is the maw.
The maw.

Source: Poetry (December 2011).

 Alice  Lyons

Biography

Alice Lyons was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in its suburbs. She has earned degrees in European history, sociolinguistics, and fine art from Connecticut College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University. She served on the faculty at Maine College of Art in Portland for a number of years before moving, in 1998, to a rural village in County Roscommon, Ireland.  Lyons often collaborates with artists and . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Activities, Travels & Journeys, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, Race & Ethnicity

POET’S REGION Ireland

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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