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A Last Loving
Collected Poems

Maeve Kelly

Paper $22.95    |   978-1-851321-48-3    |    2016

Kelly’s poetry gives voice to the ordinary, everyday lives of Irish women. She writes out of her own experience as a woman, wife, mother, nurse, farmer, and feminist who over the past fifty years has been an astute witness to the narrow confines of home and the limitations imposed by Irish society on women.

A Lantern in the Dark for Gerard

I have shut the shutters,
clipped the locks
and put the cat out,
kissed your beard
and helped you to your bed.
Eighty now and the years
bend you like a bow,
a sprung arch,
a willow wand,
bone chiselled to a new arc.

Sweetheart I know
the way you grow
not old but with your old
lightness still showing,
a lantern swinging in the dark.
  A Last Loving

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