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Ann Leahy

Ann Leahy’s first collection, The Woman who Lived her Life Backwards (Arlen House, 2008) won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Individual poems have also won or been placed in national competitions in Ireland and the UK (such as the Gerard Manley Hopkins, The New Writer, the Poetry on the Wall, Clogh Writers, and others) and she has twice had poems commended in the British National Poetry Competition. She was also shortlisted for a Hennessy award. Her poems have been published widely in journals (Stand, AGENDA, Orbis, Poetry Society Poetry News, Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, The Shop, New Welsh Review and others) and anthologies (Best of Irish Poetry 2010; The Echoing Years: An Anthology of Poetry from Canada and Ireland, 2007, and others). She grew up in Co. Tipperary and lives in Dublin.

 

 

 

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Turning the knob, you’d choose a station

between buzzing and throbs, Oslo and Athlone.

I keep it still, wedged on my attic floor

by a box of china (from between the wars)

and a plastic bag in which dusky tights

are tangled with odd socks, a lover’s old tie.

 

I hang on to things—rings encircling

keys to places I used to live in,

notebooks where numbers are attached to names

—people who wouldn’t remember me if I rang,

some of whom will only be found at home

if the dead once more pick up their phones.

 

I seem to think I might let myself in again,

find myself in rooms I now only dream in,

find that a biscuit tin of mixed cassettes

contains a letter or a card I mislaid

with a message that’ll make everything fit.

 

Or maybe – one of these nights at home –

the FM band won’t be so thronged.

I’ll happen on a half-familiar frequency

where another life of mine is being relayed

and someone waits for news of me.

 

 

 

©2016 Ann Leahy

 

 

Author Links

 

'A Good Rogeting': Ann Leahy poem at the Anam Cara website

Ann Leahy at Irish Writers Online

Review of The Woman Who Lived Her Life Backwards in Poetry Ireland Review

 

 

 

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