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Bar Napkin Sonnet #11

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Things happen when you drink too much mescal.
One night, with not enough food in my belly,
he kept on buying.   I’m a girl who’ll fall
damn near in love with gratitude and, well, he
was hot and generous and so the least
that I could do was let him kiss me, hard
and soft and any way you want it, beast
and beauty, lime and salt—sweet Bacchus’ pards—
and when his friend showed up I felt so warm
and generous I let him kiss me too.
His buddy asked me if it was the worm
inside that makes me do the things I do.
I wasn’t sure which worm he meant, the one
I ate?   The one that eats at me alone?

Moira Egan, “Bar Napkin Sonnet #11” from Bar Napkin Sonnets. Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
Source: Bar Napkin Sonnets (The Ledge Press, 2005)
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Bar Napkin Sonnet #11

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  • A resident of Rome, Italy, Moira Egan earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and an MFA from Columbia University, where James Merrill chose her graduate manuscript for the David Craig Austin Prize. 
    Her most recent collection, Synæsthesium, won The New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published in 2017. Previous books published in the U.S. are Hot Flash Sonnets (2013); Spin (2010); Bar Napkin Sonnets (2009), which won the 2008 Ledge Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Cleave (2004).
    In Italy, two bilingual collections, with translations by her husband, Damiano Abeni, have appeared: Botanica Arcana / Strange Botany (2014) and La Seta della Cravatta / The Silk of the Tie (2009). She has also translated (with Damiano Abeni) the work of several authors into Italian, including volumes by John Ashbery, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, and Charles Wright. 
    Egan has had writing residencies at...

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