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Theo Dorgan photoTheo Dorgan is a poet, prose writer, editor, scriptwriter, translator and sailor. His books include Greek (2010), the long poem Sappho’s Daughter, his prose account of a transatlantic voyage under sail Sailing for Home, praised by Doris Lessing as “a book for everyone”, and in 2007, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, which he compiled and edited. A further prose book, Time On The Ocean, A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town, was published by New Island in 2010. He is the editor of Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh, and co-editor of Leabhar Mór na hÉireann / The Great Book of Ireland, An Leabhar Mór / The Great Book of Gaelic, the anthology Watching the River Flow and the acclaimed collection of historical essays Revising the Rising. His translations of the Slovenian poet Barbara Korun (in collaboration with the poet and Ana Jelnikar), were published as Songs of Earth and Light. He translates from the Irish and French and his own work has appeared in Italian and Spanish editions. He is a member of Aosdána.

 

 

 

Prayer to the Mothers of Rain

 

 

Send down your sweet

cascading rain                                  

on all who burn;

wrap them in sea mist

& gather them to the pool.

Deluge their upturned faces,

oh let fall

cataract, sheet rain,

torrent of cold water

 

—that their bones may cool,

their furnace hearts fall quiet,

that dry rage cease

 

May they find peace who are in fire

wreathed and bound,

oh bring them on home in your

song of water.

You who were daughters once,

now mothers forever,

send down your rain,

your cold, consoling rain.

 

 

©2011 Theo Dorgan

 

 

 

Author Links

 

'Gaffer': Poem and Interview in Magma

Dorgan poems and extended bio at Poetry International Web

Audio, bio and books at Dedalus

 

 

 

 

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