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Elizabeth Kate Switaj


To My Dead Ex

To My Dead Ex   

if it was suicide
                          you’re forgiven
if you just wanted those low-down, slow-down pills to soothe
away your memories of force
                                                   and what you did with it—
where your hands went, where they slipped
                                                                             other pills in—
if you just wanted to forget that you could never only be
that little girl’s good daddy
                                               then there’s no mercy here

except she won’t remember you

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Elizabeth Kate Switaj's first poetry collection, Magdalene & the Mermaids, was published in 2009 by Paper Kite Press. She has also published a chapbook, The Broken Sanctuary: Nature Poems, with Ypolita Press. Recent poems have appeared in Folio and Hawai'i Pacific Review.She is currently the Assistant Managing Editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and a Contributing Editor to Poets’ Quarterly. She recently completed a Ph.D. in English at Queen's University Belfast with a dissertation on James Joyce as an EFL teacher.


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