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Best of Irish Poetry 2010
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Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan
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Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
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CAROLINE M. DAVIES
Caroline Davies was born in Norfolk to Welsh parents. She lives with her husband and two small sons in a village in Buckinghamshire. Her poems have won prizes in a number of competitions and have been published in magazines and anthologies in Britain, including most recently in Orbis and Envoi.
Honorary Mention in the 2011 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
She took the sea with her
Not beaches but the grey
relentless Irish sea,
its rhythm and the crying gulls.
In childhood the sea took
her father away.
He carried an orange, during the war,
through the Malta convoys.
Bournemouth gave her softer landscapes
Sand and palm trees on the esplanade.
She preferred winter
when the wind would whip the waves.
He did not recover from her death,
survived another decade
in the cabbage smelling corridors
surrounded by old people.
Her round orange
blue with mould and disappointment
when it beached in North Wales.
©2011 Caroline M. Davies
Davies's blog: Advancing Poetry
'Disappeared': poem by Davies in Monkey Kettle
'Moving On', a Davies poem in Ink, Sweat and Tears