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Adam Wyeth in Southword Journal

ADAM WYETH was born in Sussex in 1978, and moved to Ireland, County Cork in 2000. His debut collection Silent Music was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011 and was commended by the Forward Poetry Prize (2012). His poetry has won and been commended in many competitions, including The Fish International Poetry Competition (winner, 2009). His work appears in several anthologies including The Forward Prize Anthology (2012) and The Best of Irish Poetry (2010). His poems have appeared in many literary magazines and journals, including: The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, Poetry London and Magma. Wyeth is a member of the Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme and runs an ongoing online Creative Writing workshop at creativewritingink.ie. He is also a freelance journalist with a regular column in The Southern Star and contributes book reviews and features regularly for The Irish Times.


 

 

 

 

Apollinaire Smoking

 

 

When Apollinaire said he wanted to smoke

at the end of a poem, he wasn’t talking

about cigarettes but the thread of fumes

hanging momently above her (like a thought-bubble)

then unravelling and reclining on the air…

(becoming something other before disappearing

into the furniture.) He was talking about being spirit,

spirited away, of not being the poet but the poem,

 

of not disappearing into nothing

or reaching the ends of the earth.

He wanted to disperse into a cloud,

a wisp on the wind leaving only a trace

of himself on somebody’s collar,

like the post-coital shock of tousled hair,

the tar-breath still in the mouth.

 

 

 

©2012 Adam Wyeth

 

 

 

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