Before Leaving Ireland, Summer of 2015

++++++++ “…But I could never love again
++++++++++++++ He’s the only one for me, Jolene.” -Dolly Parton, “Jolene”

We always saw morning,
early hours, but never sun rise,
and yet I’ve woken to this palette every day
aware and forgiven
my spirit still screaming,
and the sky here wears my bruises,




About the Poet:
Stephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press and an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated poetry collections, Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, An Exorcism of Angels, and Brothel can be found at, and her debut novel, The Eighth, is to be published through Dark Regions Press later this year. Follow Wytovich at and on twitter @JustAfterSunset



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