Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle


at the edge

i lived on an island
at the edge of the world

morning, i was a woman
who ran with wolves

evening, i sat in the corner
of my glass zoo

darkness lay on the rug
trying to trip me over



Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle is an 18-year old student from Auckland. Her work appears in Turbine 08. Some people have suggested she drop ‘McGunnigle’ from her name because of its association with the maligned Scottish poet McGonagall. Others have advised losing ‘Butcher’ because it sounds like she’s about to cleave someone.