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September 2013 – Poem of the Month by Michelle O'Sullivan

September 2013 – Poem of the Month by Michelle O'Sullivan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The Orchard

 

How I have carried you,
the rough cheek of my grief
against yours,

 

unaware until now
that I have lumbered
these days pale and red...

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Winner of Eithne Strong Award: The Blue End of Stars - Michelle O'Sullivan

Winner of Eithne Strong Award: The Blue End of Stars - Michelle O'Sullivan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Many of the poems in this enchanting and enchanted first collection are set in the early light of morning, the half-light of evening or the firelight of a damp day. Many occur by water’s edge — quayside, shore or riverbank – and abound in memorable images: the storm unfolding its rope of cloud, a speaker catching ‘the minnow of your reflection’. By conjuring seasons and landscape — and, in particular, expanses of the West of Ireland — Michelle O’Sullivan becomes a meteorologist of emotional states. Grief is a place to be departed from. Threats are at bay: ‘and I don’t think anything terrible / is going to happen yet’.

 

 

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