s
s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO TO MLC HOMEPAGE

MLC

 

 

 

 

 

ONLINE BOOKSTORE FEATURED TITLES

 

Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney

 

 

Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan

 

 

Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition

 

 

Richesses

Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes

 

 

 

 

Munster Literature Centre

Create your badge

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Council

 

 

Cork City Council

 

 

Foras na Gaeilge

 

 

Cork County Council

   

 

 

JOHN LIDDY

 

 

 

John Liddy in Southword Journal

Born Youghal, Co Cork (1954), grew up in Limerick, took a degree in the University of Wales, works as a teacher in Madrid. His poetry books include: Boundaries (1974); The Angling Cot (1991); Song of the Empty Cage (1997); Wine and Hope (1999); Cast-A-Net (2003); The Well: New and Selected Poems (2007); Gleanings from the Margins (2010). His translations include: La Barca de la Arena (2010), a translation by Francisco Rivero in Spanish of The Angling Cot; Ivy Down (2010), a translation by John Liddy in English of Tosigo Ardento by José Maria Álvarez. In 2011 Cuentos Cortos en Inglés, a collection of stories for children in English and Spanish, was published. He is the founding editor along with Jim Burke of The Stony Thursday Book, one of Ireland’s longest running literary reviews along with Cyphers and organizes The Well/El Manantial, a weekend festival of poetry in Madrid with Matthew Loughney of The James Joyce Pub and The Embassy of Ireland.

 

 

 

_____

 

Shooting Snipe on Parnell Street

Strike in the Musée d'Orsay

 

_____

 

Shooting Snipe on Parnell Street

 

From the house on Janesboro height

My father recalled hearing hunters shooting

For snipe in fields around Parnell Street.

 

He could see the river beyond through gaps

In the city landscape and noted several

Species of fowl nesting in the creeks.

 

I used to think about this walking south

Passed the new estates and one night

I saw a fox with a field bird in its mouth

 

Crossing the street between honking cars

And shouts from late night revelers

Before disappearing off one of the lanes

 

Where I could make out a hunter’s shadow

Skulking in pursuit to retrieve his prey,

Crossing what was once a flowing meadow.

 

 

 

 

 

__________

 

 

 

Strike in Musée d'Orsay

 

 

Despite the strike we were allowed in

Free to view parts of the collection.

I chanced upon Cezanne’s meditation

The Cardplayer, silent and deep

In concentration, seated at a table,

A simple man with no expectation.

 

Suddenly my view was invaded

By a camera-snapping tourist

Who ignored polite requests to move

Aside as he focused on the painting,

The red dot of the laser beam

Violating every detail.

 

Shock turned to surprise

When the man put down his cards,

Brushed his jacket, stood up,

Gave the tourist a withering look

Before leaving the frame to join

His carers on the line.

 

A deafening crash exposed

The film to miraculous light.

The tourist was left with nothing

Worth boasting to his friends about.

Outside, I left the entrance fee

With a man looking at cards, fixedly.

 

 

©2012 John Liddy

 

 

 

Author Links

 

'In the Heart of Two Countries': Interview with Liddy at EuropeanIrish.com

Liddy reading at Limerick's White House (YouTube)

Revival Press page on Liddy

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS BACK TO TOP NEXT POEM

 

 

   
 
©2009 Southword Editions
and
Munster Literature Centre
   

Southword 6 Southword No 7 Southword No 8 Southword No 9 Southword No 10 Southword 11 southword 12 Southword No 14 Southword No 15