~ Pregnant in Karlsruhe ~.
The other poets drink damson schnapps
My baby flicker-kicks
I dream her hand
Delighting in my blooming belly,
In perfect folds and re-folds
Thrilling at her light touch
With all four inches of her length.
From thistle-head glasses
~ pregnant in Karlsruhe ~ is © Nuala Ní Chonchúir. The Juno Charm , 2011.
About the Juno Charm
“In the tapestry that is The Juno Charm, award-winning writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir explores the worlds of two marriages – one waning, one waxing – and the pain of pregnancy loss and fertility struggles. This is an intimate book where the reader is taken by the emotional resonance of the poems, as much as by the exploration of the use of amulets and charms. The poems travels comfortably from County Galway – as in the wry Frida Kahlo Visits Ballinasloe – to Manhattan’s skyscrapers; and from the Seine in Paris to Dublin’s Liberty Hall. Ní Chonchúir once again employs her signature sensual frankness in poems of love and the body (‘I am the pomegranate / and you, the peacock // My seedy, red-pulped core / glistens with juice, / awaits your entrance’). Sometimes irreverent, always vivid, this is poetry ripe with imaginative possibility and wit. “ From Salmon Poetry
Thanks to Nuala Ní Chonchúir for supporting Poethead with her poems and translations.
- Her poems appear here and here on the blog.
- I also included Nuala Ni Chonchúir in a celebration of Irish Women’s writing on Bloomsday 2012.