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May 2009


Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, Orbis (England), Commonweal, The Christian Science Monitor, Revival (Ireland), The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), The National Catholic Reporter, Haggard and Halloo, Poetry Super Highway, Public Republic (Bulgaria) and other publications.

The City Editor | The Copyreader


The City Editor
Each morning,
he sits at his desk,
lights a cigar,
starts looking around
like a bear on a waterfall
looking for salmon. He growls
for raw copy, anything typed,
anything with errors in it.
Each day he comes to the office
honed to rectify wrongs.
Suffer the little stories
to come unto him.


The Copyreader

I have been here a month,
sitting in a circle with others,
reading copy and writing heads.
Today I'm convinced
crime in the streets
will never stop as long as
someone can write 
and someone can read.
As I spell "ukulele" for Ulrich,
a strange continent of sweat 
the back of my shirt.
"It's as big as Australia,"
says Ulrich.
At that moment I know
I'm letting another July
die in Chicago,
reading copy and writing heads.

Paul Cezanne