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 J S Robinson was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the California Institute of Technology and has been published in Stinging FlyPoet’s BookshelfCensusSouthwordThe Sunday Tribune and Magma. She will be reading at the Poetry Ireland Introductions series, 2011 and has work forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ll throw you out you

dancer with a missing foot!

How many times have I wrapped

you up in cotton wool, stuffed

you in a bag to sell you,

trash you, pass you on,

 

melt you down, reduce

your threat to iron ore,

transformed in the blacksmith’s

fire, made into local ware

horseshoe or an iron gate?

You should have been

 

golden with grace, your

shining limbs akimbo,

every hand and gesture

pointing to your pointed

toe which sings release.

What happens when we get

 

a rough corroded cast

barely balanced on one

leg, only the hips

surrounded by a ring of fire

and hacked off at the calf

the most important foot?

 

Is release the rust

that drips from your stump

the dance forever halted

on my mantelpiece?

Horrible presence,

I would throw you out

 

but superstition says I must

fashion you a new limb,

bandage it on with coils

of wire, watch you

flex your stiffened sole

expand your ring of fire

 

bathe this house in light

dance us into life.

 

 

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