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Kevin Graham

 

Kevin Graham’s recent poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry Salzburg Review. He read on Culture Night as part of a Stinging Fly showcase and is working towards his first collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seascape

after Elizabeth Bishop

 

This island, flat as a map, designed in the hierarchy

of science that gives birth to plump red and green tomatoes,

regimented fields of grapes. Little whirlwinds of flies

float in the air like lanterns after a spill of rain,

the earth running to dark funnels. The seascape attracts

 

a crowd, like a prophet, offering passers-by time

to reflect on a better future. A pheasant soars over

a mob of albino-white pigeons pecking uselessly

in a field; the donkey goes unnoticed. Vines buried

underground are like a mat of veins or the subterranean

 

fire of the imagination. Crude electric fences hum

along overgrown borders. Wildflowers offer up various

shades of blood, illustrate with nodding heads

the wind’s predisposition. Petals trundle to kiss water.

The path lifts with dust, settles on leaves like ash

 

on an upturned palm. Kite surfers copycat on the spume,

chase living memory or daylight, or both. Rock-pools

wrestle with the unknown. A cat lands without

a sound beside the drunken lighthouse-keeper

who is tired of dreaming up perfect storms.

 

 

©2016 Kevin Graham

 

 

Author Links

 

Poetry by Kevin Graham in Poetry Ireland Review (Issue 117)

Poetry by Kevin Graham in the Summer 2015 edition of Oxford Poetry

Four poems by Kevin Graham in the Honest Ulsterman

More poems by Kevin Graham in Southword

 

 

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