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Julie Irigaray’s work has appeared in Envoi and is forthcoming in Dream Catcher, the Three Drops from a Cauldron autumn anthology and Tears in the Fence. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Blackwater International Poetry Competition and her translations from French have been published in Trinity JoLT and Dream Catcher. She is moving back to Ireland to train as a literary translator after living in the south-west of France, Paris, Dublin, London and Bologna.
A silent alignment of flints in an artificial showcase.
You gaze at the nickes, but can’t feel their shivery thin layer
nor hold these iconic biolette tools, gemstones from the past.
I know the plain sensation of polished pebbles in my palm,
the bang of two stones crashing, creative a blast of sparkling stars.
I carved this small Venus with the hood in the tundra
covered with reindeer fur to fight against the ever-lasting winter.
I used mammoth ivory for this sibylline lady.
I liked sculpting figurines: scratching rough notches on antlers.
Scrubbing spirals on tusks or ebony bones.
These are fragments of my life that you admire behind the glass, little girl,
profaning my intimacy: my broken jaw and my child’s open
fontanels pass under your scanning scrutiny.
You hunt for prints on our potteries to root out a bound between us,
the missing element connecting the ape to yourself.
You decree archaeological excavations in your garden
to dig out the same arrow heads. If I brought you to
the cave of the mutilated hands, we would paint negative stencils
with vivid pigments or pictures of elks on the walls.
This way you would find the mark of mankind in me.
©2016 Julie Irigaray
Dream Catcher Magazine (Julie Irigarary poem in July/August 2016 edition)
Envoi Magazine (Julie Irigaray poem in June 2016 edition.)