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Best of Irish Poetry 2010
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Songs of Earth and Light
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Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
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Michael Loughran is currently studying English with Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast. He has had poems published in Crannog and The Honest Ulsterman among others. His Twitter handle is @m_loughran.
(after John Luke)
At first it seems as though the clouds are out
of sync, are moving from and not toward
the mountain-waves, the olive dunes,
the hour-glass lake. Until, that is, the light
soft curves of two dancers are observed
to move the same toward a scarlet dress.
Two outstretched hands frozen between states...
those garish socks! That side-eye glance
goading the interpreter!
I read your texts in those few weeks before
“sure” as if you carried around
a book of plant symbolism,
and found meaning obscured
when space between lines became time.
I hoped it was the same on your end.
Once naked in your bed, our desire
turned the room tropical. Our forms
the arched landscape of content.
That long single shot opening Gravity,
the deft control, the sweep across the face
of Earth that takes the Earth as known;
that errs only when George Clooney, alone
in shot, remarks on sublime space or beauty;
that moves so fluid as to erase
the hand behind the lens, if not the eye
watching; is ancient song, a verse
knotty and transparent.
©2016 Michael Loughran
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Poem by Michael Loughran in The Honest Ulsterman