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Jim Maguire

Jim Maguire's work has been published widely in journals in Ireland and the UK. For many years he lived in Korea, the setting for his collection of short stories Quiet People (Lapwing). A past winner of the Strokestown International Poetry Prize, his first book of poems, Music Field (Poetry Salzburg), was shortlisted for the 2014 Shine/Strong Award. He works as an adult education tutor in Wexford, where he lives with his family.

 

 


 

 

 

 

After the guests have gone

 

the light gives up on the knitwear

outside the ladies, the terraced jewelry display.

 

In the card room, the porter's handcart

stands away from the table, a braggart

 

who's lost his shirt; the expensive art

works aren't on speaking terms.

 

Only Buddha overseeing the sea

spa is doing his bit to dam-up the leaks

 

from the executive suite inside—

the pewter taps throbbing with tears

 

for a boy calling daddy

up the stairs. All going back to before

 

the potted herbalist, the nonagenarians

in their outré leisure wear…

 

Lord Buddha's nerves aren't what they were.

Not with a skip on the landing and decorators spilling

 

from their Transits. That can only mean

wasted nights nursing doubles

 

in the arthritic wing, the twins with the view of the bay

groaning and lying on their stomachs.

 

Hell isn't the din but the having to sit and empathise

while a room goes on seething  

 

at the knife in its side – a mini-bar aria

talked over, a ceiling sulk ignored –

 

pains that refuse to quit their pleading 

Just let us have our lives…

 

 

©2015 Jim Maguire

 

 

 

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Purchase Music Field from Poetry Salzburg

Poem 'Houseguest' in Dublin Review of Books

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