Friday, January 6, 2012

Gorey Writers in The Scaldy Detail 2011

Phelim and Carol at Scaldy Detail
launch in Enniscorthy library 5/1/12
Scaldy Detail 2011

The following poems by Gorey writers Phelim Kavanagh and Carol Boland have been included in The Scaldy Detail 2011 Anthology of New Writing from County Wexford :

Wave's in Eight's

Students surf on sea and neon
free of college parcel
and good counsel
take their coffee late
swap their morning juice
experiment with flavour
learn to coast
under the lifeguard's radar.

The fall comes, an ocean
gives away degrees,
back to the old school
formal swimming pools
caught in a ripcurl
class and timetables rule.

Phelim Kavanagh

The blue mountain

A spit of snow lies on Croghan’s face
jilted after the cold snap
that left parishes standing
like Miss Havisham in her mottled gown.

It needs snow to move snow, they say
so in expectation I watch for a battleship sky
to snag itself on the blue peak
scarred by chainsaw
damaged forests, promises
while below me 
the river Bann cuts
through reeds and
green willow as
I trace the line of its curve,
rush of shallows
silence of its deep
imagine how it feels to walk
over mud-raked copper fields
and slip into the naked water
step by step.

Back on the road again
I stand at an altered hedgerow
swollen with marigold gloves
broken bottles, crushed vows
gather them up for the tip.

Carol Boland