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Liam Ryan, born in Donohill, Co. Tipperary 1955. Attended vocational school in Tipperary town. Worked in Dublin 1975 to 1983, before moving to Laois. Married with two grown up daughters. Liam has been running his own architectural business since 1997. Poems and reviews were published widely before Doghouse Books published his debut collection of poems Touching Stones in May 2009. Recently poems have been published in The Shop, Revival, The Moth and forthcoming in Southword, Cyphers, Revival and the Doghouse Anthology. He was awarded 3rd prize at Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2012. Another poem won 3rd prize at the inaugural Galway University Hospital Poetry competition April 2013. Liam lives and works near Abbeyleix in Co. Laois.

 

 

 

 

Evening

 

1

The day is signed off

with the forward slash

of a disinterested moon,

its shy diminutive flourish

sits askance the southern sky,

its nailclipping of light,

a rent in the tent of dark;

 

unaware, unperturbed

by our damp darkness

it indifferently slides

behind the closing clouds

turning its back on us,

its blade face to the sun,

a fragile signature of light.

 

2

after Paul Celan

 

Blackmilk of daybreak

played his lifelong fugue;

they were already digging

a grave in the evening sky.

 

Hope, as dry as almonds,

never enough to live by,

shoals being trawled away

under a mackerel sky.

 

He chiselled out

blackened words

as freight trains trundled

under a darkening sky.

 

A chorus of crows,

a calling calligraphy,

all skyping together,

against the hare’s pelt sky.

 

©2013 Liam Ryan

 

 

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'Evening in Cleggan': Liam Ryan poem at Dew of Hermon

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