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Blood on her thighs from the long climb
through waist-high thorns from the sea.
Dust filming the blood, killing
reflection. Calmly she rolls her palms
in the paste, blunts highlights from her brow.
Dust on the olive as she leans her cheek
against smooth, nightsilvered bark.
Somewhere ahead, a crackling fire
spits and hangs heavy on the resiny air,
smoke and fat of a crackling rabbit.
Now she is moving like a gust of night,
long-legged, slow, upwind of the hunter.
She makes her eyes knife-slits.
She makes her breathing slow.
Her cold gaze settles on his neck.
Behind him the gully and the moon;
his lungs full of thyme, myrtle,
smoke of the fire and fat,
he rolls his shoulders, smug and content.
Lights a last cigarette before turning in.
(from Greek, 2010)
Among the recent titles you might have missed are new collections by Conor Carville, Mark Roper, Catherine Phil MacCarthy and Pat Boran; reissues of collections by Paula Meehan and Paul Murray; Iggy Mc Govern's pocket anthology of Irish poets responding to the subject of science; and of course our digital-only sampler anthology, available in Apple's iBooks format for the iPad.
Airborne: Poetry from Ireland is the first anthology of contemporary Irish poetry in Apple's iBooks format for the iPad, Airborne features work by more than two dozen poets on the Dedalus list, serving both as an ideal introduction to the press and to the richness of contemporary Irish poetry — and all at the near-giveaway price of just €3.49 / $3.99. To purchase your own copy, or for further details, see here.
APRIL 2013: NEW TITLES
Following the recent publication of Conor Carville's Patrick Kavanagh Award winning Harm's Way, alongside a first Irish edition of Paula Meehan's Mysteries of the Home (gathering poems from her seminal 90s collections The Man Who Was Marked by Winter and Pillow Talk, into a single volume) April sees the publication of two significant new books. Savage Solitude, subtitled Reflections of a Reluctant Loner, is poet Máighréad Medbh's compelling prose work exploring the subjects of solitude and loneliness, which will recommend it to many in our increasingly connected age. Groundswell, meanwhile, is the much-anticipated New and Selected Poems of poet/prize-winning fiction writer Patrick Deeley, with an Introduction by Theo Dorgan. Join our Mailing List above to let us keep you up-to-date on the best of new writing from Ireland through 2013 and beyond.