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Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual poet based in Cork. Among her awards are the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015, the Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry in translation and two Arts Council literature bursaries, as well as nominations for the Pushcart Prize (USA), The Venture Award (UK), the Strokestown Poetry Prize and the Jonathan Swift Award. Her third collection of poems, Clasp, was published by Dedalus Press in 2015. 

 

 


 

 

 

The Headless Woman


The locket lost, we keep the snapshot:

you in sunlight, leaning on a bonnet,

ankles crossed, in a summer dress.

You are young. But faceless.

A jagged white gap sits on your shoulders.

Somewhere, a stranger thumbs

the broken clasp of a metal heart

to see your bodiless face,

smiling against sunlight, and

remembers a you we never knew.

 

                           

 

©2015 Doireann Ní Ghríofa

 

 

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