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JAKI McCARRICK

 

Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. She has published poetry in Poetry Ireland Review, Revival, Boyne Berries, Cathach, Word on the Street, Pedestal Magazine, Stylus (Australia). Her first play, The Mushroom Pickers, won the 2005 Scottish Drama Association's National Playwriting Competition, and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in London in May 2006 and in New York in February 2009. Her most recent play, Leopoldville, has just been shortlisted for the 2009 Kings Cross Award for New Writing. She was selected for the 2009 Poetry Ireland Introduction series of emerging poets.

 

 

 

Still Life of Dandelions in Fruit

after Jen Hadfield

 

On this bank are hawkbit, rough sow-thistle

and silver dandelions. Cinder-hearted

wishies of star-shaped seeds—

clocks with the hours variously gone.

The long green spines are lined with milk

that smells like weird weedy piss.

No pining for the days of yellow

amongst dandelions, for this is the arrival point:

a standing to in grey-haired splendour,

hitching for every seed a ride

on wind, kittiwake, child or fox-cub.

Their terms of parting: ‘unlock yourself,

make me a cold, bare star,

go off, off, off, into the air.’

 

©2009 Jaki McCarrick

 

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