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Marie Coveney

Marie Coveney grew up in Co. Cork and studied at the Crawford College of Art. Her poem 'Our Time' won the American-Ireland Fund Single Poem competition at the Listowel Literary Festival in 2008. Her work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, THE SHOp and The Stony Thursday Book. She performed at the 2010 West Cork Literary Festival in the Next Generation Poets reading.  She was awarded special merit in The Dromineer Literary Festival 2010 and shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award (Collection) 2010 . She was published in The Sunday Business Post, 7th March 2011, having been featured in BBC1 TV Spotlight program. She has also been shortlisted for The Listowel Collection Competition 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Sky

Under a north window
as the comet tailed
across the July sky,
our mother lay dying.

From mouths of non-believers
we sang hymns, while her eyes travelled
from crucifix to holy picture
to crucifix, on the hospice wall.

We watched the lovely landscape of her face
the bones and hollows harden to marble.
A child’s grin lived in it
and breath passed from it.

The comet flared in the night sky.
We gathered, all ten around her bed,
our fontanelles closing over
for the last time

©2009 Marie Coveney

 

 

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