It was now when it happened

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Editorial Note: This poem twins a Māori legend of the pīwakawaka (New Zealand fantail) with an Irish myth concerning Diarmuid (son of Donn), and his half-brother (son of Roc) who was transformed into the Great Boar of Ben Bulben. The title and first two opening lines are quoted from Joy Harjo’s poem “For Alva Benson, And For Those Who Have Learned to Speak.”

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe lives on the east coasts of Ireland, North America, and the Arabian Peninsula. Her first collection, Auguries of a Minor God, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, and the Butler Literary Award.
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