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The little house grows quiet now she’s gone from it—
          so he’ll set small orange embers of montbretia in a vase
before the bedroom mirror although its petals can behold
          no more than themselves in the cold truth-telling glass.

—Eamon Grennan

Eamon Grennan, “Gone” from There Now. Copyright © 2016 by Eamon Grennan.

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About the Poet

Eamon Grennan (1941- ) is the author of 16 poetry collections, including There Now (Graywolf Press, 2016). Grennan was born in Dublin and attended boarding school at a Cistercian monastery.

Learn more about Eamon Grennan at The Poetry Foundation.