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Michael Naghten ShanksMichael Naghten Shanks lives in Dublin. His writing has featured in various journals and anthologies, including gorseThe Penny DreadfulNew Irish Writing3:AMThe Quietus and elsewhere. He is currently shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2015. He has read at numerous events around Ireland and also in the London Irish Centre. Earlier this year he read as part of the New Writers' Salon during Listowel Writers' Week and also as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series during the International Literature Festival Dublin. He is editor of The Bohemyth.

 

 

 

 

Eve (Or, The Course Of Darkness)

                     “In this moment, she is less like a motive, more like a crime.”

                                                                            —Sam Riviere, 'Standard Twin Fantasy'

 

 

We see her in the distance, centre-screen,

crossing the footbridge over the veinlike stream

separating woods from woods.

 

The mise en scène is dreamy

and nightmarish.

Russian violet. Midnight blue. Ghost white.

No colour is its own.

 

The stream reflects light from the unseen moon:

it filters through the mist.

 

Her body is the brightest thing.

Her dress and skin merge.

 

She is advancing, moving

from left to right, from background to foreground.

She has a certain kind of gravity: the trees behind her

bend to follow, those ahead shy away.

 

Her gaze, though blurred, is fixed on us.  

 

 

©2015 Michael Naghten Shanks

 

 

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