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This poem is taken from PN Review 214, Volume 40 Number 2, November - December 2013.

'On Not Picking Mushrooms with a Famous Writer' and Other Poems Tara Bergin
On Not Picking Mushrooms with a Famous Writer

Unreasonably nervous of poisons,
I stayed home.
That night he fried them in hot butter
and ate them from the pan.

'You don't know what you're missing,'
he said.

'Oh but I do,' I said, watching with envy.



To Dream of Horses

For a young girl to dream - 

For a young woman to dream
that she sees a horse in human flesh,
descending on a hammock through the air,
and as it nears her house is metamorphosed into a man,
and he approaches her door and throws something at her
which seems to be rubber but turns into great bees - 

denotes:

miscarriage of hopes
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