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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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Kerry Hardie has published six collections of poetry with the Gallery Press, her most recent being The Ash and the Oak and the Wild Cherry Tree (2012). A new collection, The Zebra Stood in The Night, is due from Bloodaxe in October of this year. She has also published two novels and is currently working on a third novel and a radio script. She is a member of Aosdána.
Empty Space Poem, Eighteen Months
for my brother, Paddy
In the photo there’s a child astride your shoulders.
You are moving through the cut-gold of a field.
The hedgerow trees are thickening and darkening.
The sky’s a constant, clear, heraldic blue.
You are on the right side, walking slowly.
The left side of the meadow’s deep and still.
I’ve cut it down the middle, framed and hung it.
We pass you every time we climb the stairs.
Which leaves the empty half for me to deal with:
the empty field, the hedgerow-trees, the sky.
I’ve framed that too, I keep it on the shelf
above my desk, slipped in between two books.
I tell myself you’re everywhere around me.
That summer is still sumptuous, people die.
These are the separated halves of the same picture.
©2014 Kerry Hardie
Kerry Hardie at Poetry International
'The Valley': poem by Hardie at Poethead
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