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Niamh PriorNiamh Prior is from Kinsale in Co. Cork. Her work has appeared in publications including Revival, Quarryman and The Stinging Fly. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UCC and is currently undertaking a PhD there, funded by the Irish Research Council. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Interlude

 

 

Circular piano music ceases

to float up through the cracks between floorboards.

Staring ahead, hands out in front, you pass

my half open door, playing chords

 

in the air, fingers still sensing the keys.

You return from the bathroom, see me hunched

over the bright bureau in my study,

look bemused as I explain I’m searching

 

a google screen full of fonts for the name

of a particular one that rings true,

an otherworld shine in my eyes, the same

as the glint in yours now. You continue

 

to shape a song, spiraling back downstairs

and I, up here, a poem, buoyed by your air.

 

 

 

©2016 Niamh Prior

 

 

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