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Kathy D'ArcyKathy D'Arcy is a young Cork poet whose collections Encounter (Lapwing), and The Wild Pupil (Bradshaw) were published in 2010 and 2012 respectively.  In 2013 she was awarded an Arts Council Literature Bursary, and in 2014 she received an Irish Research Council Award to undertake a PhD in Creative Writing in UCC, where she also teaches in the Women's Studies and Adult Education departments. D'Arcy originally qualified and worked as a doctor, and currently works with homeless teenagers in Cork city as well as running creative writing groups for adults and young people. She is also a playwright, and her play 'This is my Constitution' was staged in 2013 at an Irish parliamentary briefing on constitutional change. "...among the best poems I have read in years" (Thomas McCarthy) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Threshold

 

Before the chevronned lintel of the district court

where two parallel lanes of imagined cyclists

pour towards the river

 

the inmost limbs

of the tree "___"

press together

in a still

backward leaning

semihelical

eyes wide open kiss of decades.

 

What's it to be?

 

I'm burnin that fuckin place to the ground, says Jesse.

I say don't worry, that they'll just

move it somewhere else, that the building

hardly matters.

 

Making the lanes last winter

they fenced us in close;

I looked up the name of the trident finials

pushing wrought-iron tongues out at the sky

for when the parallel lines finally meet.            

 

 

©2015 Kathy D'Arcy

 

 

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