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Mary O'Malley

 

Mary O’Malley was born in Connemara, Co Galway.  Her collections include: A Consideration of Silk (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1990); Where the Rocks Float (Salmon, 1993); The Knife in the Wave, (Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Salmon Publishing, 1997); Asylum Road (Salmon Publishing, 2001); The Boning Hall (Manchester, Carcanet Press, 2002); and A Perfect V (Carcanet Press, 2006).  She is currently working on a memoir and has just finished a new collection of poems entitled Valparaiso. She received a Hennessey Award in 1990, a Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award in 2009, and is a member of Aosdána.

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing the Volcano

 

 

So much between lovers happens
In the white noise of absence
The song, the half heard notes
The necessary arias. Then, there is
Time enough. In the Luxembourg gardens
They are lifting whole beds
Of flowers, a cabaret of blues.
Apart, too much may happen.

Together is clean, clear, close as Jacques
Brel singing Amsterdam
Or stark as Sibelius’ Finlandia, a stand of firs
On a glacier, lung healing green.
A lick of fire slips through it, foxes
Or a torch singers sequined mane.
Together is a house somewhere between
Those two where our familiar animals –

Do you remember the day we watched
Hawks teaching their young on Cnoc a Dún
And sat until the shore silvered –
Wild cat and kestrel awaiting our return
Will watch the house appear again
As if by magic, room by room
Where for too long dark space has been
As each lamp is lit and we move in.

 

 

©2010 Mary O'Malley

 

 

 

Author Links

 

Extended bio and poems at Poetry International Web

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