Maroger’s Magic

3 Monkeys on a roof watch a man in costume perform a ritual
“Maroger’s Magic,” oil on canvas ©Louise Craven Hourrigan

Three mischievous monkeys perch on a roof in this large surrealistic scene painted by my mother, Louise Craven Hourrigan. I love imagining their gossipy conversation. She often put monkeys in her paintings, so of course I had to put a monkey poem in Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters, forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press. The poem, “Meroger’s Magic,” originally appeared in Nimrod journal.

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