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SINÉAD MORRISSEY

 

 

 

Sinéad Morrissey has published five poetry collections, the most recent of which, Parallax, was the recipient of the T S Eliot Prize and the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award in 2013. In 2016 she was awarded the E M Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her next collection, On Balance, is forthcoming in May 2017.

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The two of us wound                                             I see our future
into borrowed kimonos                                         daughter driving a ragtop
on the temple steps                                                and then I wake or

           
my heavy headgear                                               don’t and there’s this trick
dagger tucked into my waist-                                your skin still does if I brush
band should you ever                                            my thumb along it

           
undress another                                                      thronged notes spun into
one flick of my ivory                                             one held hum by a gesture
wrist and I’d collapse                                             all the hares lie down

           
in the wet of my                                                     and the two of us
small intestine my stomach                                    just under half our lives and
bridles soon enough                                               this glitch we ride in

           
over uncooked eggs                                                space together I
at the airport and you you                                       see precisely no one else
star you crucible                                                      inside a shrinking

           
my teeth are yours I                                                 bubble of light the
think my ribs removable                                          minuscule part of matter
your unwavering                                                      that’s matter splitting

           
lantern frown above                                                 apart from itself
my ice-bed bloody sheets your                                bright you singing on the stair-
trousseau in my dream                                             way there’s only you

 

 

 

©2017 Sinéad Morrissey

 

 

Author Links

 

'The Millihelen' at Poetry Foundation

Poetry at Poetry International

Interview with Sinead in The Guardian

More work by Sinead in Southword

 

 

 

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