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Sean Frederick Forbes

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Sean Frederick Forbes is the author of Providencia (2Leaf Press, 2013). He teaches at the University of Connecticut.

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Cashel, Ireland, 2,000 B.C.

In ancient Ireland, bogs were sacred
areas; a cool wetland mirage meters 
deep of peat during demoralizing 
drought. Greenish-brown landscape 
of mystery, insufferably slow plant 
growth. What must a farmer have
thought as his wife offered a vessel
of golden butter to appease