Gill McEvoy is surviving




You should get your hair cut, mother,

it doesn’t suit your face like that.


They’re right, I know,


but I have seen my

riding on my neck


bold and bald as a


When the first faint
fleece grew back

I threw away the hats


and let it grow.


Daughters, I do not
need it cut

to know how hair can

* Gill McEvoy has two pamphlets to her name: Uncertain Days (2006) and A Sampler (2008) both from HappenStance Press. And her first full collection The Plucking Shed (2010) is available now from Cinnamon Press.

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