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Gerard Smyth in Southword Journal 19

Gerard Smyth is a poet and journalist. His work has been published widely in Ireland and internationally, as well as in translation, since the late 1960s. He is the author of six collections, including A New Tenancy (Dedalus Press, 2004) and The Mirror Tent (Dedalus Press, 2007). The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (1969 - 2009) was published by Dedalus in 2010. He is a member of Aosdána.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Up rope-railed steps he climbed to his true life,
his win-some, lose-some time in the studio
under rafters and roof-window—
amid the mess of things he couldn’t relinquish:
hardened colours, painter’s brushes,
film-stills from Hiroshima, Mon Amour.

Standing room only between the pictures cast aside,
renounced, rejected, half-destroyed
by scissor-cut and slash of Stanley knife .
Not for the connoisseur of beauty his prince
of benedictions howling the Holy Name,
his whittled image of the Sphinx,
or his portrait sitters like convalescents learning
to live with body torments, diseases of the flesh.

 

 

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