The Paradox of You
Your face reveals itself to me, layer
After layer. Opening slowly, as
Always, an atlas. Page on page,
A country—strange harbour.
Why do you withhold this
Uncoiling from me?
Even excavators have their limits,
Throwing in the trowel,
Kicking dust into the cosmos.
Creating a new world order.
About the Author
Marian Kilcoyne is an Irish writer based on the west coast of Ireland. She has, in the past, been a teacher at senior level, worked professionally in education and management for an AIDS organization, and reviewed fiction and nonfiction for the Sunday Business Post, Ireland. She attended the Seamus Heaney Centre summer school at Queens University Belfast in 2013. She has been published or is forthcoming in Prelude (US), The Louisville Review (US), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Crannog (Ireland), Ofi Press (Mexico), Frogmore Papers (UK), Cyphers (Ireland), Apalachee Review (US), Foliate Oak Literary Magazine (US,) New Contrast (South Africa), Quiddity (US), Right Hand Pointing (US), Grey Sparrow Journal (US), Off The Coast (US), The Galway Review (Ireland), The Liner (US), Into The Void (Ireland), Roanoke Literary Journal (US), The Rockhurst Review (US), Banshee Literature (Ireland), The Catamaran Literary Reader (US), The Worcester Review (US), Stonecoast Review (US), The Main Street Rag (US), and others. She was short listed for the 2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Award.