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Adam O’Riordan

Adam O’Riordan’s first collection of poems, In the Flesh, won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. He teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Two Poems

Adam O’Riordan, 19 January 2017

Sulphur

Long before midday the fierce heat that summer had us pinned in the corners of the converted grain store, sweating it out, man and wife, eyeing each other like traitors,

all through that long stretch in stasis as light moved up the whitewashed wall we waited for the day to cool, the bands to start up: Europop welcome home the diaspora.

The birds worked themselves into our dreams...

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