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CONOR O'CALLAGHAN

 

Conor O'Callaghan

Conor O'Callaghan is from Dundalk. He has three collections from Gallery Press. The most recent, Fiction, was a PBS recommendation and shortlisted for the Irish Times/ Poetry Now Award. He teaches part-time both at Sheffield Hallam University and at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and currently lives in Manchester.

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Mid to Upper Seventies

 

He rests The Narrow Road to the Deep North

on an arm of the sunroom sofa-bed.

He walks to the front

to change the AC setting.

 

His father is asleep on the floor

before the hearth of a gas fire

that has gathered cobwebs since March.

Val Doonican, muted, is rocking on TV.

 

The year is now.

The house is forty miles or so

south of the Virginia line.

He hasn’t seen his father,

spoken with him, in at least a decade,

and Jimmy Carter was governor of Georgia

when Val’s one-man slot came on the air.

 

He goes back in the sunroom.

Neither Val nor his dad will be there

when next he walks out front.

The book has fallen face-down on the oak

and it takes him a really long time,

weeks in fact, to find his place.

 

©2009 Conor O'Callaghan

 

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