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John W. Sexton  John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of four poetry collections: The Prince’s Brief Career, Foreword by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005), and Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTÉ radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. He is also the blog poet Jack Brae Curtingstall. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, is due from Salmon Poetry in spring 2013.

 

 

 

Room 6

 

dankness of cooked cabbage

seeps into our minds ... evil

are the small things                

 

so light on the water

... Charon is held up

by his own reflection

 

an angel composed

of solid soundwe bleed

from Heaven's message

 

sliced in two by a rainbow

grandpa's meadow and cows

drift thenwards

 

washing their hair in iron

the firemaidens forge

a starry nought

 

a secret door squeezes shut

the hippos shake the mud-hole

from their hides

 

the I Told You So Tower

a lift stops

at the umpteenth floor

 

crank your bitterness engines,

Witch ... light of a thousand

thousand lemons

 

Room 4: dentures of the Jews

Room 5: their shoes

Room 6: their condensed steam

 

 

©2012 John W. Sexton

 

 

Author Links

 

Poem by Sexton in Burning Bush 2

'Another Anonymous Poet': featured essay at Poetry Ireland

More by Sexton in Southword

 

 

 

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