Maurice Riordan

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an Irish poet, translator, and editor. Born in Lisgoold, County Cork, Riordan has published three collections of poetry: A Word from the Loki (1995), a largely London-based collection which was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize; Floods (2000) which took a more millennial tone, and was shortlisted for the Whitbre ...

Maurice Riordan Poems

1.
Digital

after the Maltese of Immanuel Mifsud

In the electronic age, every nutcase
With a notebook is writing a masterpiece.
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2.
The Dun Cow

What’s the Dun Cow doing on the Old Kent Road,
I’m wondering, when who should blow in
But this boyo wearing the moss-green gabardine
My mother wore when out feeding the hens.
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3.
Stars And Jasmine

Each of them has been a god many times:
cat, hedgehog and – our summer interloper – the tortoise.
A perfect triangle, they can neither eat
nor marry one another.
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4.
Renunciation

after the Irish of Séathrún Céitinn

Dear one, with your wiles,
You’d best remove your hand,
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5.
The Nests

for Kathryn

You ask again about the nests – the wren’s
hung in the ivy above the broken pier,
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