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Borbála Faragó poetry in Southword 18

 

Borbála Faragó is an academic working on contemporary Irish poetry. She was born in Hungary and came to live in Ireland in 1997. She is the editor, together with Eva Bourke, of an anthology of immigrant poetry entitled Landing Places: Immigrant Poets From Ireland, which was published by Dedalus Press in March 2010. She has work published in Poetry Ireland Review and Open Wide Magazine.

 

 

 

 

To My Father the Retired Clinical Psychologist

 

Some tend cactus and chickens before

their time comes, or dream about wheelbarrows.

You go to work on a tram every day, and

negotiate white piles of expectations around you.

 

A thin layer of dust has already settled

on your excitable brainwaves. You are

forgetful, avuncular and quick to proselytise

about this whole necrotic catastrophe called human life.

 

But today you stumbled upon a wrinkled old

word, which stuck in your mouth like long

forgotten toothpaste. You enjoyed for a moment

its stale, minty memory before writing to me

 

‘dear daughter, forgive me for I named you’.

I picture your big hands searching the keyboard

for the letters spewing out your love:

you’re a boy again, your ears filling with white

 

noise as you’re lazily held in front of an

approaching train by your slapdash father

who named you Francis, never knowing

that on your shoulders birds will come to rest.

 

 

 

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Faragó poem in Open Wide Magazine (Issue 22)

Landing Places: Immigrant Poetry in Ireland

'Alcove in the Wind:' Silence and Space in Eilean Ni Chuilleanain's poetry: an academic paper by Farago

 

 

 

 

 

 

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