Marian is an Irish writer based on the west coast of Ireland. She attended the universities of Maynooth and Galway and latterly, GMIT. She has, in the past been a teacher at senior level, worked professionally in education and management for an Aids Organisation, and reviewed fiction and non fiction for the Sunday Business Post, Ireland. She attended the Seamus Heaney Centre summer school in 2013. She was short listed for the 2017 Dermot Healy International prize for poetry.

She can be reached at –  marianatkoo@gmail.com or on Facebook

 

 

Breda Wall Ryan wins the Dermot Healy Poetry Award

 

Stephen Dunn

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From THE MONASTERY OF LOVE AND WORK

WELCOME

if you believe nothing is always what’s left
after a while, as I did,
If you believe you have this collection
of ungiven gifts, as I do (right here
behind the silence and the averted eyes)
If you believe an afternoon can collapse
into strange privacies-
how in your backyard, for example,
the shyness of flowers can be suddenly
overwhelming, and in the distance
the clear goddamn of thunder
personal, like a voice,
If you believe there’s no correct response
to death, as I do; that even in grief
(where I’ve sat making plans)
there are small corners of joy
If your body sometimes is a light switch
in a house of insomniacs
If you can feel yourself straining
to be yourself every waking minute
If, as I am, you are almost smiling.

By kind and personal permission of Stephen Dunn, 2017.