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Friday, 13 October 2017

Creative Writer and Tutor

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Delighted to be invited by Orla Grant Donoghue and Olivier Cornet to write and read a response poem to 
'A Truth or Dare Response to An Altered Land' 
Art by David Fox 
at the Olivier Cornet Gallery 2 May 2019 7pm

These paintings are very striking and each one leads the eye to a sense of distance and possibilities both good and bad within the painting and beyond.

As I looked at David's paintings my mind hurtled back to an individual experience I encountered in the past where the altered landscape of the road led to life shattering consequences.

The following is a recording of my response poem

or you can read it below

My response poem

An Altered Landscape

They changed the flow
of traffic along the quays
we were seventeen
Bernie Meehan got in a car
with Rasher Mullins
full of the joys of life
We could see her throwing
her head back gurgling, laughing
but he forgot
and drove the wrong way
We could see her head being
flung back
her throat gurgling
Someone made the journey
to our house
to tell us
because we had no phone,
back then
Two days later
we made the trek
to her funeral in Bawnogue
A flat piece of grass
where people dance
that’s what Bawnogue means
But there was no dancing that day
We climbed the fence
and crossed the fields
bundles of poppies
splats of red
where the diggers
had thrown them aside
four of us girls
all silent,
when we were never quiet

They’ve cut the road
straight through there now
so I can hardly remember
the long walk
through the fields of grass
or even where they were
but I remember how
she danced
the night before,
spinning and turning

the memory’s a blur


Delighted to be included with the readers
at Poetry Ireland 2 May 2019 1pm


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