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Rosemary Canavan

Poet, children’s author, teacher, visual artist. Rosemary Canavan was born in Scotland, brought up in County Antrim and lives in Cork. Her first collection, The Island (2004), was published by Story Line Press, and was short-listed for the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Trucker's Moll (Salmon, 2009), was launched at the Munster Literature Centre's Éigse 2009 festival. In 2001 she was Writer-in-Residence for Co. Kerry, and from 2006-2007 she was Poetry Editor for Southword. Her two children’s books, Lios Chaitríona and Caitriona agus an tÉan Oir, were published by An Gúm, and she has read at a number of festivals including the Cheltenham Literary Festival.

 

 

 

Unravelling

 

If I claw for a spelling, struggle

for words, is it lostness

or part of my thought unravelling,

 

elderliness creeping in

at the back of my skull?

Fear flickers as I wonder

 

do links crack and fall out

like old machinery wearing

as it thumps away in a shed

 

or corrodes in a long-forgotten

warehouse?  Would they lie on the floor

of my brain like broken springs,

 

gap-toothed wheels I could pick out

to make new fantastical structures

if I dusted them off, cast them to sculptures

 

I could erect for the worthy to admire;       

yes, but who’d want

a crazy, knowing old fleabag,

 

who’d care that the me that conformed

had rushed away into the distance

and a drivelling, frenzied hag

 

had taken her place? Crazy Jane

might be fine as a notion but the real

McCoy is hard to take: 

 

a bewildered old zealot,

or a woman who stares,                 

and sees, marching across the sands, a new order …

 

 

©2010 Rosemary Canavan

 

 

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