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Edward O'Dwyer
Edward O'Dwyer, from Limerick, is published in journals and anthologies of poetry worldwide. His work has featured in such publications as The Forward Book of Poetry 2015, Poetry Ireland Review, and Southword. His debut collection, The Rain on Cruise's Street, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2014. He has taken part in Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series and been shortlisted for many prizes, including a Hennessy Award. He has also been nominated for Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Web prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

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She kept onto the photo, to her own surprise

at first. Never set it face down. It’s there

as it has always been, on the locker

beside the bed, beneath the lamplight,

and despite everything. The bed

that’s become such a big and lonely bed,

without his limbs there tangling up

with hers. He is in it, he is smiling still.

In the picture, not the bed. His smile

is still a smile in a café in Budapest

while the days pass outside the picture

and turn into years. It’s her own face

that she’s cut out of it. She deserves it,

she knows. To be that empty space

in the photo – and especially in that photo –

is what she deserves to be, she knows,

which is why she has kept it all this time,

and he is smiling, he is happy there,

next to the empty space she has made

of herself, which she hopes she is to him.

 

 

 

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