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Born 1964. Joseph Horgan was born in Birmingham, England, to Irish parents. He was shortlisted for the Hennessy Prize in 2003 and won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry in 2004. He currently writes a weekly column for the Irish Post and reviews for Books Ireland. His work has also appeared on RTE radio and television. His first collection, Slipping Letters Beneath the Sea, was published by Doghouse in 2008. His volume of prose, A Song at your Backdoor, comes out with Collins Press in April. He lives in County Cork.

 

 

There Are Places Where We Used to Live

 

Past the Polish church on Paternoster Row

men are walking down the hill,

 

come home from empty work,

along neglected pavements,

 

beneath chimneys and stacks;

all the imaginary love affairs of fading men.

 

Summertime they return

to where older things happen,

 

stand in sky lit yards,

with dreams of leaving

 

and men walking down the hill

past the Polish Church on Paternoster Row.

 

 

©2010 Joseph Horgan

 

 

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