s
s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO TO MLC HOMEPAGE

MLC

 

 

 

 

 

ONLINE BOOKSTORE FEATURED TITLES

 

Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney

 

 

Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan

 

 

Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition

 

 

Richesses

Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes

 

 

 

 

Munster Literature Centre

Create your badge

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Council

 

 

Cork City Council

 

 

Foras na Gaeilge

 

 

Cork County Council

   

 

 

ELIZABETH ROSE MURRAY

 

 

 

Elizabeth Rose Murray

 

Elizabeth Rose Murray (b. Middlesbrough, 1977, now based in West Cork) has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland. Elizabeth writes mainly for children and young adults and she is represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of Watson Little Ltd, London. You can find out more about Elizabeth by reading her Green Fingered Writer blog or her Wordspark writing prompts blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Us

 

I ask you to lie down

at my knees.

 

Let me

 

scribe

this poem

onto your body

tanned as calf skin.

 

I cover you in lime,

leave you in the sun to dry,

 

drag a luna knife from throat,

over chest, ripe mound of thigh,

to bauble of ankle.

 

Now you are truly naked.

 

I douse a peacock feather in copper-green ink,

scratch our cursive tale onto your hide,

the final word, unpunctuated

 

I ask my skin to lie down

beside you

 

pull you gently onto me, make an imprint

of this poem on my stomach

and breasts

 

encourage your tongue against mine,

swathe my bones with yours,

blurring the ink. 

 

Our touch: vellum

smudging our own gospels.  

 

 

©2012 Elizabeth Rose Murray

 

 

Author Links

 

Green-Fingered Writer: Elizabeth Rose Murray blog

'Mobbed': flash fiction by Elizabeth Rose Murray at Anam Cara website

'Wordspark': Writing prompt blog by Elizabeth Rose Murray for Writing.ie

 

 

 

CONTENTS BACK TO TOP NEXT POEM

 

 

   
 
©2009 Southword Editions
and
Munster Literature Centre
   

Southword 6 Southword No 7 Southword No 8 Southword No 9 Southword No 10 Southword 11 southword 12 Southword No 14 Southword No 15