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Matthew Sweeney has published ten collections of poems, most recently Horse Music (Bloodaxe 2013). Also, co-author with  John Hartley Williams of the satirical thriller, Death Comes for the Poets (Muswell Press, 2012). Williams and Sweeney previously collaborated on the handbook, Writing Poetry. Two pamphlets are appearing in 2014 – The Gomera Notebook (Shoestring) and Twentyone Men and a Ghost (The Poetry Business) – and Bloodaxe will publish a new collection, Inquisition Lane, in 2015.


 

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition

 

Benito

 

 

Benito, I remember you jumping

into the river, with your clothes on,

trying to catch the otter. I had to hold

out a broken branch to save you, then

gather more and light them, so

you could dry out. We slept there

on the riverbank, helped by the

brandy we were slugging, sniffed at,

no doubt, by water rats and stoats,

but only after you woke the forest-

creatures with your baritone. You

hadn’t a bad voice, Benito, though

you failed all your auditions –

you even got me joining in. Then,

in the morning, you climbed a tree,

to pee from a height into the river.

It cleared your head, you said,

and you caught trout with your hands

to spear on twigs and roast for

breakfast, demanding an espresso,

which I provided in the border station.

 

 

 

©2014 Matthew Sweeney

 

 

 

Author Links

 

Matthew Sweeney in Poetry International

Several poems by Sweeney at The Poetry Archive

'The Ice Hotel': a poem at Lyrikline

 

 

 

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