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Doreen Gildroy

Doreen Gildroy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Trilogy (Western Michigan University Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Poetry & Prose. She is also the author of Human Love (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and The Little Field of Self (University of Chicago Press, 2002), winner of the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. She lives in California.

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Dung Beetle

Be kind to me, a mess. I represent
persistence--in the 
dirty thing;
things larger than me
I do not fear.

Whatever you think, or like--
I live. Oh, 
marvel!

Pushing up the hill--
rolling around.
I feel myself at work.

You are larger than I think,
and that is very comforting to me.