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John O’Donnell has been published in Ireland, England, America and Australia and has broadcast on RTE and BBC. He won the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Award for Poetry and has also won The Ireland Funds Prizes for Poetry in Listowel Writers Week. His first collection, Some Other Country, was published in 2002; in the same year he won the Irish National Poetry Prize. His second collection, Icarus Sees His Father Fly was published by Dedalus Press in 2004. A Senior Counsel living in Dublin, he is a member of the Board of Poetry Ireland.
One with him shook his head: "You can't buy this"
although I could see the other two were
keen to haggle, see how much more I’d give,
as if there was some price I would not pay
to bring her back. To see my daughter live.
A swarm around him, pawing at his robes
and he was weary, wheeling with a sigh
“Alright; alright.” Dark room; her husk. Choked sobs
when he pronounced her sleeping, urging her
to rise. The same as all the rest, I thought:
the rhetoric, the empty promises;
I’d wanted to believe, you understand,
as he called for water. The cup lifted
to lifeless lips. And then she touched his hand.
©2010 John O'Donnell
John O'Donnell at Dedalus Press
Audio recording: John O'Donnell reads "Injury Time"
'The Blue Man' (Prize-winning "Poem On The Dart")