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Tadhg Russell lives in Doneraile, North Cork and has been writing poetry for the last number of years. His work has been published by Southword, Cyphers, New Irish Writing, Crannog, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stony Thursday Book, West47, Atlanta Review (USA) and Solas Nua (USA). He was on the shortlist for The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2010 and took second prize in the Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Competition in 2011. He was featured poet in The Stinging Fly winter issue 2012-13. His short stories have appeared in the Cork Evening Echo.

 

 

 

 

Shiftwork

 

 

Rising at sunset, behind curtains, behind blazing                 
windows, not knowing for sure what day it is,                 
drawing breath in the close atmosphere of a room                 
slept in all day, some dizzy thoughts bumping                 
off each other, everything in this life running                 
counter current to the day night continuum,                 
watching digital numbers on a clock yet to                 
alarm, feeling its dumb betrayal, pulling on                 
drawstrings to be eclipsed by a dazzle of sun                 
light, witness this: a man in the middle of his life                 
going round in circles that grow larger and larger                 
as they pull him further from home and all he                 
loves, nobody can feel time’s movement more than a man                 
like that, only hours from the next shift, his mind ticking.

 

 

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