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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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Tom Moore is from Midleton, Co. Cork, and has worked in the Department of Biochemistry, UCC, since 2000. He did undergraduate studies in Veterinary Medicine at UCD, and PhD and postdoctoral studies in London and Cambridge, UK, in the areas of reproduction and developmental genetics.
3rd Prize in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
The news reports have us out
by the side of the house
craning our necks to the northeast
where Cassiopeia is slung between
a telegraph pole and the chestnut tree.
Behind us, the television
is flickering through the curtains
as we wait for the Perseids to show.
We get plenty of time to debate
that light beetling across the sky—
are satellites visible to the naked eye?
And while we’re here perhaps
I should point out the broken chute
where sparrows nest year in, year out,
and the snails streaking across the wall,
intent on their own galaxy.
©2012 Tom Moore
Cork News report on Moore & the O'Donoghue Competition