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Maurice RiordanMaurice Riordan was born in 1953 in Lisgoold, Co. Cork. His first collection, A Word from the Loki (1995), was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Floods (2000) was a Book of the Year in both the Sunday Times and Irish Times. The Holy Land (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award. He has taught at Imperial College and Goldsmiths College, and is currently Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2013 Riordan was appointed Editor of Poetry Review.

 


 

 

 

      The Prodigal

 

The chime of a clock from a darkened room

downstairs, some hushed recess … it speaks

of polished wood, lightly oiled gears,

the brush of slippered feet that come

at dusk, a hand’s swift chamois wipe.

The port-decanter rests on the TV –

a house where the old die with their beads,

the light trembling by the Virgin’s shrine.

 

Once were angry words: a door slammed

and a car revved in the startled grounds,

then roared away. I tap the oak barometer

beside the mirror, and pat the blind hound

who raises his nose to sniff my trousers

before he goes back to his hunting dream.

 

 

©2015 Maurice Riordan

 

 

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Maurice Riordan at Faber & Faber

Poems by Maurice Riordan at Poetry International Web (Ireland)

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