Philip McDaragh

Philip McDaragh was the author of three collections – The Twining, Sleeping with the Enemy and Migrations – and Versions, a chapbook of translations from the Irish.

Six Poems

Philip McDaragh, 15 June 2023


I am of Tullamore, the sonOf a gombeen man, so I knowThe use of a good solicitor,The value of nothing said,The price of love lostOr gained. To which we addThe cost of modern marriage,The daily tally for the bag manAnd the priest; ten Hail MarysTwenty-two Glory Bees.I know the gavel knockOn altar stone, wind at the door,Ash in the grate,A foreign body in the bed,The bank of her...

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