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Beltane Fires

Poetry James Allen Hall

The fires were a preservative against witch-craft, and a
sovereign remedy against malignant diseases, both in
the human species and in cattle.

—John Ramsay on fire festivals in Europe, quoted
in Sir James George Frazer’s The Golden Bough (1922)

Through fire my master rides me,
then the other  [...]

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Issue 25



Winter 2017


James Allen Hall’s first book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy (Arkansas), received awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Texas Institute of Letters. A 2011 NEA fellow in poetry, he teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College in Maryland.


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