The Sin-Eater

Argyle the sin-eater came the day after—

a narrow, hungry man whose laughter

and the wicked upturn of his one eyebrow

put the local folks in mind of trouble.

But still they sent for him and sat him down

amid their whispering contempts to make

his table near the dead man’s middle,

and brought him soda bread and bowls of beer

and candles, which he lit against the reek

that rose off that impenitent cadaver

though bound in...

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About the Author

Thomas Lynch is a writer and funeral director. He lives in Michigan and West Clare, Ireland.