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Anne Rath

Anne Rath lives in Lismore, Co Waterford. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University and has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious American Association of University Women’s Award, Women’s Research Award (Radcliffe College) the John F. Kennedy Award, and UCC’s President’s Award for Research on Teaching. After 35 years of teaching both in the US and Ireland, Anne now works in private practice as a psychotherapist, learning consultant and leads creative writing workshops/retreats. When not walking her dogs or painting the beautiful landscape of West Waterford, Anne writes poetry, short stories, life-writing and short fiction. She has been awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary for 2014, The Writer’s Mentoring Scheme with the poet Grace Wells in 2013 and 2014 by Co Waterford Arts Office, and has also received the Artlinks Emerging Artist Award for 2014.

 

 


 

The Precipice



You stand at the precipice,

Arching toward the heavens,

Seeking redemption;

Your body a lone crescent moon

High, in the winter sky.

 

This dark place has caught you unawares,

Whispers that got louder and louder,

Can no longer be silenced into servitude;

This dark passage – a crucible to pass through –

No mother’s pelvic push to free you.

 

Standing you quietly peruse,

The dark abyss opening;

You catch the rising flood in your chest and throat

– Naked fear –

Unabridged.

 

Following some mystery inside,

You leap – not knowing –

If your broken wings

Will carry you across,

No Ariadne’s thread to bring you home.

 

And then the descent into total darkness,

With only a cacophony of ancestral voices,

To scream their remonstrations;

Fuelling the furnace that burns away

All you thought you could hold onto.

 

For long days and nights,

Grief, shame and despair

Are the holy trinity.

Their labyrinthine caverns leading you,

Deeper and deeper into the Minotaur’s lair.

 

Where

You rage against yourself

For so willingly offering,

To play out the Greek tragedy

Over and over again.

 

 

 

©2014 Anne Rath

 

 

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Changing Faces, Changing Places anthology containing work by Anne Rath

 

 

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