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Dave Lordan poetry in Southword 18Dave Lordan was born in Derby, England, in 1975, and grew up in Clonakilty in West Cork. In 2004 he was awarded an Arts Council bursary and in 2005 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry. His collections are The Boy in the Ring (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2007), which won the Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish writer and was shortlisted for the Irish Times poetry prize; and Invitation to a Sacrifice (Salmon Poetry, 2010). Eigse Riada theatre company produced his first play, Jo Bangles, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2010. He has lived in Holland, Greece and Italy, and now resides in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

 

 

 

Invitation to a Sacrifice

 

There’s a woman stumbling in a field of snow.

 

Crying out

Crying out

Crying out...

 

Her two hands clutch

a wound above

her left breast

 

Tears burn holes.

 

Spots of blood

leave a trail

in the snow.

 

Somewhere behind her

in the growling whiteness

 

whiteness that scours the eyes

like salt

 

there are dogs.

 

Behind the dogs there are drunk men

 

telling jokes and prophesying

about what they each

are going to do with her

when,

eventually,

they catch up with her

 

keeling over

with the mirth

of drunken teammates

in the snow

 

then up again and

 

whistling.

 

Behind the drunk men whistling

there is only the darkness offscreen,

vast and unanswering.

 

Or whatever you want to call it.

 

If you could relieve this woman now,

 

If you could perforate the veil

between

 

stretch a giant hand

and withdraw her from this picture

would you?

 

You would?

 

And then what would you do with her?

 

 

 

©2010 Dave Lordan

 

 

Author Links

 

Lordan page at Salmon Publishing

Three poems by Lordan at Blackmail Press

Entry at Irish Writers Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

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