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Best of Irish Poetry 2010
Editor: Matthew Sweeney
Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition
Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes
Munster Literature Centre
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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.
We ran, kicking dandelion clocks
dodging thistles and dried cowpats.
The field was decked with trestle tables
posts, pens and a large tent.
We bought Humbugs, Peggie’s Legs,
shiny gold-coin chewing gums.
Took a chance on the Fortune Wheel
then flittered pink tickets to the wind.
Willy Lynch who gave the field free
paraded with the Parish Priest.
Mrs Bradey’s famous sponge cakes
sat on willow-pattern dinner plates.
Farmers circled, tractors smoked
Danny just stood
in his mucky boots, long coat tied
with binder-twine rope.
A swing-boat carried us high in the air,
our stomachs lurched,
wind played whirly-gigs with our hair.
The ground rose up on a slow-down board.
Through a gap in the hedge we spied our school
waiting for September.
Hard in its concrete yard, a cut-out-house
asking to be kicked down.
©2010 Marie Coveney
Video of Coveney reading her poem, 'Bind'
Video of Coveney reading her poem, 'Tomorrow'
Coveney's poem 'July Sky' in Southword issue 16
More about the West Cork Literary Festival