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Peter Stuart Sheppard

Peter Stuart-Sheppard lives in Toronto. He was a 2015 Forward Prizes for Poetry nominee, and was highly commended in this year’s Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition. His poetry has appeared in journals in Canada and abroad including The Literary Review of Canada, The Stinging Fly, Contemporary Verse 2, The Antigonish Review, Southword Journal and Crannóg.

 

 

 

 

Oranmore


Never had the blues from whence I came …
– Kate McGarrigle

 

 

Radio takes a daily shot, a daily stab at finding those left lying on roads

Close to the border, beside their cars. Riverbanks of bodies wash up on television,

Or crisp in tanks of front pages. So it has been since childhood.

 

A letter-writer explains he hasn’t seen a honey bee in five years.

Blue bottles, wasps, even fruit flies seem scarce or absent.

Species after species disappear over breakfast—a hurried breakfast,

 

To get the bins to the curb in time for collection. War

Is almost always going on, in the front of the head.

Tears come in Oranmore, over coffee, then in the car on the way home,

 

Talking with a friend about fathers, and yesterday, unexpectedly,

Playing twice Kate’s raw demo of “(Talk to Me of) Mendocino”—

A catch in the throat, incipient burning behind the eyes, the aggressive moment

 

She tries to hold in the reins on her voice, and fails,

Letting breath yearn and tumble out, riding the piano like a sea

To get to the end of the song, asserting a final change of key, releasing the pedal.

 

 

 

©2016 Peter Stuart-Sheppard

 

 

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More by Peter Stuart-Sheppard in Southword Journal

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