Derek Mahon

(1941 / Belfast)

Derek Mahon Poems

1. A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford 7/23/2015
2. Courtyards in Delft 9/30/2015
3. The Thunder Shower 2/19/2016
4. After the Titanic 8/30/2017
5. Afterlives 8/30/2017
6. Dawn at St. Patrick's 8/30/2017
7. The Dream Play 8/30/2017
8. A Garage in Co. Cork 8/30/2017
9. Lives 8/30/2017
10. Noon at St. Michael's 8/30/2017
11. Penshurst Place 8/30/2017
12. A Siren 8/30/2017
13. Spring in Belfast 8/30/2017
14. From Decadence: 7 — An Bonnán Buí 9/11/2017
15. From New York Time: 17 — St. Bridget's Day 9/11/2017
16. St. Patrick's Day 9/11/2017
17. The Terminal Bar 9/11/2017
18. A Swim in Co. Wicklow 9/11/2017
19. Aphrodite's Pool 9/11/2017
20. Auden On St. Mark's Place 9/11/2017
21. Lapis Lazuli 9/11/2017
22. Achill 1/20/2003

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After the Titanic

They said I got away in a boat
And humbled me at the inquiry. I tell you
I sank as far that night as any
Hero. As I sat shivering on the dark water
I turned to ice to hear my costly
Life go thundering down in a pandemonium of
Prams, pianos, sideboards, winches,
Boilers bursting and shredded ragtime. Now I hide
In a lonely house behind the sea
Where the tide leaves broken toys and hatboxes
Silently at my door. The showers of
April, flowers of May mean nothing to me, nor the
Late light of June, when my gardener
Describes to...

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Afterlives

(for James Simmons)
1

I wake in a dark flat
To the soft roar of the world.
Pigeons neck on the white
Roofs as I draw the curtains
And look out over London
Rain-fresh in the morning light.

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