Patricia Debney

Patricia Debney was born in Texas and now lives in Kent. She is the author of a collection of prose poetry, How to Be a Dragonfly (Smith/Doorstop), the overall winner of the 2004 Poetry Business Competition.

Her short stories and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New Writing, Tales of the Decongested, and the Forward Anthology of Best Poems, as well as online. Losing You, her first novel, was published in 2007.

 

 

 



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‘…tiny monuments to lightness, mirrors in motion…’ — George Szirtes

HOW TO BE A DRAGONFLY

Never tuck in your wings. They grow out from your shoulders like two fingers, like hands. Learn to use them.

Let them, for instance, direct you in love: in the garden, under the apple tree in dappled shade; or above long brown grass, fast up the side of a hill. Or once, over a rocky valley, higher than you’ve ever been.

Or let them speak for you: a buzzing purr getting closer and closer. They know what you want to say.

 

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