The Adirondack Review
Whatever

Look.
Here it is.

We'll sleep together.
We won't sleep together.
We'll be friends.

Things will get better.
Things will get worse.
We'll be friends.

It'll rain.
It'll snow.
There'll be
earthquakes,
tidal waves,
fires, floods,
hurricanes,
cyclones.
We'll be friends.

Whatever happens.
Whatever doesn't.
Whoever does what
to whom or with
whom, whenever,
wherever, however.
We'll be friends.

Got it?
Good.

Now can we
please go
to bed
together
please?



John Menaghan
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
A prize-winning poet and playwright, JOHN MENAGHAN  has published two books with Salmon Poetry (Ireland): All the Money in the World (1999) and She Alone (2006). Kirkus Reviews called the former "an auspicious beginning,"and The Hudson Review named the latter "one of the best books of 2006." “Whatever” will appear in his third Salmon volume, forthcoming in 2009. Menaghan teaches literature and creative writing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of both the Irish Studies and Summer in Ireland programs and runs the annual LMU Irish Cultural Festival.