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Maria BennettMaria is from Liverpool, graduated with an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University in December 2012, and since then has had work published online and in print in the UK, US, and Ireland including poetry and reviews in Prole, Crannog, Boyne Berries, Envoi, Antiphon, Orbis, and Poetry Bus. During 2014 Maria was highly commended in the Gregory O’ Donoghue Poetry Competition, shortlisted in the Munster Literature Centre Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition, and in July she was awarded first prize in the Ver Open Competition. Maria has a pamphlet forthcoming with Poetry Bus Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

The green vase will break

                                    in transit

 

so smash it now;

either you will try                                           

to carry your memento, and it will crack,

or you will refuse to leave it behind                         

and never travel;

 

broken is the only way to carry                       

the vase,

each piece a doll’s house saucer

of light,

each a palm open                                                        

to the room where you pack to leave.

 

Beat the light into crystals

so that you are free to move –

and when you travel, 

fold them in a cloth.

 

At your destination,

don’t try to reassemble

the vase;                                          

its old form has gone –

 

but in the workshop at the lough-side

tip out the crushed pieces

and fuse them into something new.

                       

 

©2015 Maria Isakova-Bennett

 

 

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'Canvas': poem in The Fib Review

'Song of Songs': poem by Maria Isakova-Bennett in Antiphon

'Found': poem by Maria Isakova-Bennett in ink, sweat and tears

 

 

 

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