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NUALA NÍ CHONCHÚIR

 

Nuala Ní ChonchúirNuala Ní Chonchúir lives in County Galway, Ireland. Her third short fiction collection Nude will be published by Salt in September 2009. She has poems and an essay in The Watchful Heart – A New Generation of Irish Poets, edited by Joan McBreen (Salmon, 2009). Nuala was chosen by The Irish Times as a writer to watch in 2009; she has won many short fiction prizes including RTÉ radio’s Francis MacManus Award and the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award. She was recently shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature.

 

 

Flâneuse

On Rue Mouffetard:

In a tat and toy shop, I buy
a Tour Eiffel snow-shaker,
the snow is blue glitter,
the tower, the bleu-blanc-rouge.

In the Pompidou:

Menace licks around corners here
like a misogynist’s tongue;
a Buddha trails his intestines
into the beaks of birds of prey.

On the métro:

A man from Aix-en-Provence tells me
I’m pretty, like Emil Nolde’s wife,
he says he’s had enough of this city,
he’s off home to press olives.

At the Musée Carnavalet:

Each transposed interior is manned
by a bored-faced, uniformed woman;
the Louis XV room held women once
who were powdered and iced like cakes.

On the train:

I am startled by a man
who fast-paces the carriage,
thumps the walls and screams:
‘Monsieur, oh-la-la! Maman!’

©2009 Nuala Ní Chonchúir

 

 

Author Links

Nuala Ní Chonchúir Home Page

'I, Caroline'- story on DeadDrunkDublin website

Women Rule Writer- Nuala Ní Chonchúir's blog

 

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