All posts filed under: Metamorphoses

‘the goldberg variations’ by Chris Murray

scene 1: the goldberg variations   a kiosk at the end of a dark train in an abandoned travelyard: two shadowmen ravel orange round about their nothing much the magician in his moth coat appears in a vaudeville flourish. your piano balcony is high above the narrow stone street, your piano plays the rescued Goldberg, plays, and plays through its charred pages, – their black edges. it is the gothic quarter men move in their coffins.  their coffins are white with crosses on (red)  their coffins are on narrow shelves of (stone) aside an archivum (shades of gray):     a shady tree     an etched stone     a skull and crossbones Scene 2 : the goldberg variations     that indestructible piano! the undestroyed Goldberg is playing (again) wending its tones above a skatepark of bullet-glass (the melody plays, yes). I see that:  the romans left their life-size eggs and urns below the city  stitches pull and sting on the underside of my elbow (pain) softening the blow here and here there is no stitching …

AND AGAMEMNON DEAD : An Anthology of Early Twenty First Century Irish Poetry

Originally posted on Michael J. Whelan – Writer:
And Agamemnon DeadAn Anthology of Early Twenty First Century Irish PoetryEdited by Peter O’Neill & Walter Ruhlmann Hi everyone, I’m really happy to announce that a brand new anthology of contemporary Irish poetry has been published today (St Patrick’s Day) in Paris and I am also delighted to say that I have five poems included in the collection alongside a number of exciting and interesting new voices coming out of Ireland in the these early years of the 21st Century. And Agamemnon Dead An Anthology of Early Twenty First Century Irish Poetry, Edited by Peter O’Neill & Walter Ruhlmann is published by Muavaise Graine (Paris 2015) – see https://www.facebook.com/mgversion2datura and among its 187 pages you will find poetry from Michael McAloran — Amos Greig — Dylan Brennan — Christine Murray — Arthur Broomfield — Peter O’ Neill — Rosita Sweetman — Michael J. Whelan — Anamaría Crowe Serrano — Peadar O’ Donoghue — Strider Marcus Jones — Colm Kearns — John Saunders — Kevin Higgins — Paul Casey…

‘Making Monuments’ by Christine Murray

Making Monuments 1.   The whole of the waiting stone is beige coloured. It is hiding its silica, their minutiae. Although I   have found dashes of it left as glitter on things, things like tables, chairs. My own face glitters with it.   I gather up the gaudy granite slivers, they flake like brittle lizard skin mottling in my hand, there.   I can hold this smooth round pebble, and warm it through. It is stone silent not budding from, to anything,   but I can feel it’s waiting. 2.   I cannot get into them. Laying the flakes out onto a table, or holding the fragile layers in my hands, peeling them back layer from metallic layer.   They are big as skin, bigger than. They’re stone cells, the living and the not living tissue of stone.   They are the skin cells of stones. They glitter in the black muck, the wet and humus muck of my garden. They decorate the bones of the nestled reed music, the flares and tubes of …

‘Sufferance’ and other poems by Rebecca Foust

Prayer for my New Daughter   with lines by Audre Lorde and William Butler Yeats   A soul in chrysalis, in first agonized molt, must choose: LADIES, or MENS. For some—for you—these rooms are fraught, an open field where lines are drawn: think of the White-Only signs. Or Serrano’s Piss Christ and Duchamp’s Fountain, pitted with acid and icepicks, de-faced. As for restrooms called “Bathrooms with Urinals,” no, his words will never dismantle the master’s house. For an hour I have walked and prayed, musing on icepicks, how they’re made to fit a blind hand; how kept so well honed. You are soft as sown grass and fierce as cut glass. You pack your new purse with lipstick, and mace.   First published in North American Review, Fall 2014.   [Note: written after an attack on transgender college students attempting to use a restroom with a sign that said “Bathroom with Urinals”]   Sufferance   1,123 reported killings of trans people worldwide within the last five years.—Examiner.com   Transgender, as in counterfeit, as in someone …

‘Lament’ Recorded at the Smock Alley Theatre

I received this morning the sound files for a performance of Lament that occurred at the Smock Alley Theatre, as part of the 2012 Béal Festival. My thanks to Elizabeth Hilliard and David Bremner for programming the piece. Friday Afternoon – part 3.wav Containing: Christine Murray: Lament (for three female voices) (performed by Dove Curpen, Réiltín Ní Charthaigh Dúill and Emilie Champenois; also with thanks to Rita Barror for organising and reading-through) (first performance) Béal Festival (Smock Alley, 2012) Sound Files in Dropbox