Ciarán O’Rourke was born in 1991 and is based in Dublin. He has won the Lena Maguire/Cúirt New Irish Writing Award, the Westport Poetry Prize, and the Fish Poetry Prize. His first collection, The Buried Breath, is available from Irish Pages Press.

This Lady

In an airy coat
this lady
I’ve seen often

drags one foot
when moving by,

hail-spattered face
now fixed
to claim the window-seat

in Mannings Bakery

Fatherly Man

Fatherly man,
you never
saw me catch my breath

as you put your shoulder
to the door-

jamb, the greyness
beneath your eyes