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CONTENTS

  • Tell Me About It
  • Nearly Not There
  • The Lane
  • Devil's Trill
  • Water Diviner
  • The Appointment
  • Your Place or Mine?
  • Letter
  • The Biggest Footprint
  • Mist
  • Skin
  • High-Risk Country
  • Desire Paths of Sarajevo
  • Wherever You Are
  • For Sure
  • Even the Sea
  • Mrs Montgomery
  • The Way Mud Dries
  • Conn
  • Landing the Gold
  • Fusewire
  • On the Line
  • Mr Exocet
  • Mad Dog
  • Tropicals
  • Honey
  • Crossed Palm
  • Primrose Path
  • Happy Hour
  • Portugal
  • Black Hourglass
  • Aliens
  • Arctic Fox
  • Conjuring Trick
  • Gecko
  • That Blue Hotel
  • Foreign News
  • Stroke City
  • Sambucca
  • Cold

"It is a hard responsibility to be a stranger"

John Hewitt, The Search


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THE APPOINTMENT

Flamingo.silk. New ruff,
the ivory ghost
of a halter. Chestnut curls,

commas behind the ear.
"Taller, by half a head,
than my lord Walsingham."

His Devon-cream brogue,
Malt eyes. New cloak
mussed in her mud.

The Queen leans forward,
a rosy envelope of civet
a cleavage

whispering seed pearls.
Her own sleeve
rubs that speck of dirt

on his cheek. Three thousand
ornamental fruit baskets
swing in the smoke.

"It is our pleasure
to have our servant trained
some longer time

in Ireland." Stamp out
marks of the Irish.
Their saffron smocks.

All carroughs, bards
and rhymers. Desmonds
and Fitzgeralds

stuck on low spikes
an avenue of heads
to the war-tent.

Kerry timber sold
to the Canaries.
Pregnant girls

hung in their own hair
on city walls. Plague
crumpling gargoyles

through Munster. They spoke
like ghosts crying
out of their graves."

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