Vona Groarke Poems
- The Family Photograph In the window of the ...
- Veneer Give me my hand on his neck and his back to my breast,...
- Shale What leaves us trembling in an empty house is not the...
- The Slaughterhouse Some gap in the sidings, a man too few ...
- Imperial Measure The kitchens of the Metropole and Imperial ...
- The Small Hours A joyrider rips up Lockland. It takes ...
- On Seeing Charlotte Brontë's U...
Vona Groarke is an Irish poet. Groarke was born in Mostrim in the Irish midlands in 1964, and attended Trinity College, Dublin, and University College, Cork.
She has published five collections of poetry with the Gallery Press (and by Wake Forest University Press in the United States): Shale (1994), Other People's Houses (1999), Flight (2002), Juniper Street (2006) and Spindrift (2009). She is also the author of a translation of the eighteenth-century Irish poem, Lament for Art O'Leary (Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire) (Gallery Books, 2008).
Her work has been recognized with awards including the Brendan Behan Memorial Award, the Hennessy Award, the Michael Hartnett Award, the Forward ... more »
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The Family Photograph
In the window of the drawing-room
there is a rush of white as you pass
in which the figure of your husband is,
for a moment, framed. He is watching you.
His father will come, of course,
and, although you had not planned it,
his beard will offset your lace dress,
and always it will seem that you were friends.
All morning, you had prepared the house
and now you have stepped out
to make sure that everything
is in its proper place: the railings whitened,
fresh gravel on the avenue, the glasshouse
crystal when you stand in the ...