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Enda Coyle Greene poem in Southword Journal

 

Enda Coyle-Greene’s work has been published widely in Ireland and abroad. The manuscript of her first collection, Snow Negatives, won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2006 and was published by the Dedalus Press in 2007. In 2009 she graduated with Distinction from the MA in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awake, but not awake

 

 

Lisieux, Corballis

That afternoon I slept, the light played tricks
around the metal window frames (in winter, light is fickle, fleet).
The house was built in 1936,

old even then. I was young, easy to transfix
with architrave, with shape. Despite the bedroom’s lack of heat
that afternoon I slept. The light played tricks,

became a sound; awake, but not awake I felt my fix
on what was real, and what was not, retreat.
The house was built in 1936

I fought to reason, thought that it might be the ticks
and grumbles of the plumbing’s beat.
That afternoon I slept, the light played tricks

I woke but didn’t wake to steel-boot kicks,
a splintered hall door, marching, marching, marching feet—
(the house was built in 1936).

Dream-filtering our morbidly obese dog’s scratch and scritch
(I hear it still when claw and tile or claw and wooden staircase meet)
that afternoon I slept. The light played tricks.
The house was built in 1936.

 

 

©2010 Enda Coyle-Greene

 

 

 

 

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Coyle-Greene at Dedalus Press

Audio of Coyle-Greene reading her poems 'Radio Geography' and 'Snow Negatives'

Poems by Coyle-Greene in Foam:e online

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