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Jane Clarke

 

Jane Clarke lives in Wicklow and is a member of Airfield Writers. She has had poems published in Cyphers, Crannog, Revival and The Stony Thursday Book and has won a number of prizes including Listowel Writers' Week (2007) and runner-up in the 2009 Fish Poetry Prize. She has been awarded an arts bursary for 2009 by Wicklow County Council.

 

 

 

 

 

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For Dora Clarke

My eldest is fifty,
my youngest is going grey.
Pruning rambling roses
leaves me bent double as
delphiniums after a storm;
these bones creak like the bolt
on the door of the barn.

In a dark corner of the hall
a walking stick waits for me.
Tomorrow I will take it out
to the sunlit yard. With high swings
of the axe I will split it
into seventy-three candles
of crisp, dry kindling.

©2009 Jane Clarke

 

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