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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Kieran Egan lives in Vancouver, Canada. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Quills, Literary Review of Canada, Dalhousie Review, High Window, Orbis, Raintown Review, Antigonish Review, and Envoi. Some time ago he built a Japanese teahouse and garden as a place in which he would write poetry and, in 2000, published Building My Zen Garden (Houghton-Mifflin, Boston).

Kieran Egan

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How nature snickered

How nature snickered
when it invented sex;
it seems to have worked
ok for most animals,
but for us, oh god,
the mess, the confusion,
but we sometimes find
amidst the grind of life
that sex is such
we hardly stop for breath.
Then for nature's next trick—
how it snickered!—
it invented death.