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Aidan Mathews

Aidan Mathews’s books include According to the Small Hours.

Poem: ‘Caryatids’

Aidan Mathews, 7 January 1999

For my mother

Lie down beside me As you had to once in a West of Ireland cottage The night the fetch from Newfoundland flipped the storm-window And the sea went mad at the sight of itself. Spray fled from it howling Like a naked file of reprisals being bullhorned into a quarry – The stencils of sock-elastic, the pinch-marks of tortoiseshell glasses! Water-rats wolfed a punnet of poison...

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