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Northern Ireland Poet, Seanín Hughes

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Seanín Hughes is an emerging poet and writer from Cookstown, Northern Ireland, where she lives with her partner and four children.She has been published by a number of literary journals, including Poethead and Dodging the Rain, and is currently completing her debut poetry chapbook. Further work can be found on her website.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pretty Vacant

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Wretched eclipse has ended

and you are a fragment, as before

with no place here

anymore.

See this space —

cooled by absent air, empty

of never-there,

vacant, wide open and gorgeous.

 

I’ll starfish in this glass

ripe for filling.

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Not Rubik’s Cube

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Not                   broken clock

 

doll missing              vital parts

 

sinking            paper sailboat

 

in bathwater                   not         slow puncture          nor         oil spill

 

 

 

but    tick-thud-tick       and   dolls

 

with teeth     thirsty     river mouth

 

and        music I am               slashed hearse tyre       and   wound sluice.

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An Exorcism

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Glass and her             in it

 

swan white              with knife.

 

Glass and her              swan

 

white                        with knife

 

and        neck.

 

Glass                          and her

 

in it        knife                       neck

 

knuckles       white           swan

 

skin                         stained

 

still               cold                lung.

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