30th May to 3rd of June 2018

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Congratulations to Clodagh Beresford Dunne winner of our Irish Poem of the Year at the Irish Book Awards last Tuesday night with her poem Seven Sugar Cubes

County Waterford poet Clodagh Beresford Dunne received the 2016 Arts Council of Ireland emerging-writer bursary. Her work has been published in Ireland and internationally. She is currently assembling her first collection.

Clodagh’s Poem Seven Sugar Cubes was published in The Irish Times


Seven Sugar Cubes by Clodagh Beresford Dunne

On 10th April, 1901, in Massachusetts, Dr. Duncan MacDougall set out to prove that the human soul had mass and was measurable. His findings concluded that the soul weighed 21 grams.

When your mother phones to tell you that your father has died
ten thousand miles away, visiting your emigrant brother,
in a different hemisphere, in a different season,
do you wonder if your father’s soul will be forever left in summer?

Do you grapple
with the journey home of the body of a man you have known
since you were a body in your mother’s body?

Does the news melt into you and cool to the image
of his remains in a Tasmanian Blackwood coffin, in the body of a crate
in the body of a plane? Or do you place the telephone receiver back on its cradle,
take your car keys, drive the winter miles to your father’s field, where you know
his horses will run to the rattle, like dice, of seven sugar cubes.

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