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Michael Lally

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Michael Lally is the author of several books of poetry, including Swing Theory (Hanging Loose Press, 2015); March 18, 2003 (Libellum, 2004); It Takes One to Know One (Black Sparrow Press, 2001); and It’s Not Nostalgia (Black Sparrow Press, 1999), winner of the American Book Award. He’s also the recipient of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

by this poet

all the forbidden fruit I ever 
dreamt of--or was taught to 
resist and fear--ripens and 
blossoms under the palms of my 
hands as they uncover and explore 
you--and in the most secret 
corners of my heart as it discovers 
and adores you--the forbidden fruit 
of forgiveness--the forbidden fruit 
of finally