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Visual Poem: Lass of Aughrim

Photo Poem: Lass of Aughrim.
Image: Chemigram on photographic paper.

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3 cigarettes
in yesterday's pack of Lucky Strike
my teeth beside me
in a tumbler of bourbon
the antique colours of tea
my old eyes
mixed with tears, nicotine and ash.
Let's drink again,
enter the churchyards maudlin,
sing to me softly The Lass of Aughrim.
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* The Lass of Aughrim is an Irish folk song that gained popularity through its inclusion in James Joyce's The Dead. The song has a melancholic and haunting quality. The song's connection to James Joyce's work has contributed to its recognition, and it has been recorded and performed by various artists over the years. The inclusion of the song in The Dead connects the character Gretta Conroy back to her teenage years when she was courted and admired by Michael Fury who sang this song to her. Fury is long dead and Gretta is greatly affected by hearing the song sung again.

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Photo Poem: Lass of Aughrim.<br />
Image: Chemigram on photographic paper.<br />
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-<br />
3 cigarettes<br />
in yesterday's pack of Lucky Strike<br />
my teeth beside me<br />
in a tumbler of bourbon<br />
the antique colours of tea<br />
my old eyes<br />
mixed with tears, nicotine and ash.<br />
Let's drink again,<br />
enter the churchyards maudlin,<br />
sing to me softly The Lass of Aughrim.<br />
-<br />
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* The Lass of Aughrim is an Irish folk song that gained popularity through its inclusion in James Joyce's The Dead. The song has a melancholic and haunting quality. The song's connection to James Joyce's work has contributed to its recognition, and it has been recorded and performed by various artists over the years. The inclusion of the song in The Dead connects the character Gretta Conroy back to her teenage years when she was courted and admired by Michael Fury who sang this song to her. Fury is long dead and Gretta is greatly affected by hearing the song sung again.