Ciarán O’Rourke – Five Poems

One to watch.

The Galway Review

O'Rourke photoCiarán O’Rourke was born in 1991 and is based in Dublin. His poems have been featured in a number of publications, including Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Spectator, The SHOp, The Moth, Earthlines, New Welsh Review, The London Magazine, Crannóg, and others. He was winner of the Lena Maguire/Cúirt New Irish Writing Award 2009, and his pocket-pamphlet “Some Poems” was issued as a Moth Edition in 2011.


To The Last Poet On Earth

When you cannot sing at midnight
as the moon-deep window
darkens, and the trees blow
on the far avenues
of San Francisco, speak your words
instead, as slowly as you can,
growing beautifully older
with each low syllable,
until the air is a page
as ancient as you are,
quivering and bare
with the need you filled tonight
for a voice with breath in it,
and this way, the dead light
of galaxies still will fall

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