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A Mind On Fire

poems by

Claire McGill

FUGITIVE POETS PRESS
Greensboro, North Carolina

Copyright © 2017 by Claire McGill
All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced in
any form without prior permission from the author, except for
brief excerpts for reviews and criticism.
Cover Photograph by Victor Peacock

Acknowledgments:
I want to thank my husband Karl for not killing me and letting me go to
Sampson County Community College, and my dear friend Marla who has
been my BFF since we was three, and Aisha Moore who is a really good poet
and going to Barstow soon to write more of them, and finally my creative
writing teacher at Sampson, Tyler Elkin who is also a good writer and wrote
his own novel called This Side of Somewhere Else which I plan to read some
day. Okay, and also I want to thank Momma and Daddy without them I
would not be here and who inspire me, Momma with her talent for words,
and Big Eddie (my daddy) for teaching me his love of NASCAR and cars in
general. And also, less I forget, my publisher, and the fellas at Fugitive who
work in them cubicles all day, for if you hadn’t identified me and my knack
for words I would not be writing this acknowledgment right now. Okay, one
more, my boys whom I love so - that’s you, Toby and Sam, because when
Sam got sick with myesthenia gravis he could’ve died for sure but he lived
and inspired us all to live and his momma to live and become someone,
and to quit drinking and smoking weed. And lastly but not least certainly let
me acknowledge all my readers and fans who have heard of me and send
me love letters by the boxes full except for you boys who write things you
shouldn’t. Just read my words and love me for that not for my cuteness or
anything else. Just let my words be how you know me and forget I’m a girl
if you can. Or you can fantasize with me in your dirty mind just don’t put it
in letters please. And I almost forgot my brother Jeb who is a good man at
heart, he give me that red Jeep Wrangler which I love to death. And ... God,
I have lots of acknowledgments don’t I ... my really good new friend, Storm
Eagle, soon-to-be chieftain of his Croatan Tribe that he says is the tribe what
saved John Smith and the pilgrams who disappeared and came to be known
in history as The Lost Colony. Stormy has taught me the ways of the Indians
including spiritual ways and some taxidermy and also my pastor at Nu Life
Pentacostal Tabernacle has taught me a lot about Jesus and forgiveness of
sin, even bad sin, so I can now forgive my husband Karl and get on with life
while he and Jackie Mackie (his new girlfriend it appears) get on with theirs
and now let me just thank myself while I’m at it for being as stubborn as I am
and determining inside myself to be a poet. Somebody in a magazine called
me “America’s Rural Poetess” and I’m okay with that at least until I move to
a big city like New York which I have only seen in pictures BUT I am told
a publisher or two might invite me up if/when they see I can write as good
as this, and my poems and all and how I “bend language to my will.” Okay,
that’s all! I”m shutting up now. Hope you like my poems.

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for Toby and Sam
- my little soldiers

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“Now everything’s comin’ up peaches.”




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