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maurice devittAfter a career in business, Maurice completed the Poetry Studies MA at Mater Dei in Dublin, focusing on the poetry of James Wright, Charles Bernstein and others. He was recently short-listed for The Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition, The Over the Edge New Writer Award, Westport Arts Poetry and The Doire Press International Chapbook Competition. During 2012, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was runner-up in the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition and short-listed for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Competition. Over the past two years, he has had poems accepted by various journals in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Australia, and Mexico. He is a member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group and is looking to publish a first collection.


 

 

 

 

Things We Take for Granted

 

That theft

is not the answer

to any question

and Faith,

so long the poor relation

 

will not displace

Hope,

the favourite child

in marquee dress,

too young to gamble

 

so left to twirl

among buckets of grannies,

where nostalgia works

in talcum powder seconds,

and she is lost

 

to a careless father,

a man so certain

he always bet on red,

only to be later found

with fingers crossed.

 

Still Faith

never dresses

for the occasion,

believes

she will come back

 

into fashion

and there is always

Charity,

reduced to stealing clothes

from a second-hand shop.

 

 

 

 

 

©2013 Maurice Devitt

 

 

 

Author Links

 

Poem and interview from the Ash Sessions

Three poems in The Ofi Press Magazine

Four poems in In Other Words: Mérida

 

 

 

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