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Picture 10180347, 1950s photograph, image copyright Mary Evans

The Etiquette of Loss
by Maurice Devitt

 

When the milkman left

two cartons this morning,

I happened to be

looking out the window,

noticed how he seemed

to linger for a minute,

take time to set them

in the corner of the porch,

as though, just at that moment,

his memory tripped

and his eye caught

the shadow of a blue tit,

waiting for the clink

of glass on the step.

 

 

© Maurice Devitt

Picture 10180347, 1950s photograph, image copyright Mary Evans

 

 

Selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2016, Maurice Devitt’s poems have featured in a significant number of journals, both in Ireland and internationally. A previous winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland and Poems for Patience competitions, he was a featured poet at the Poets in Transylvania Festival in 2015 and a guest speaker at the John Berryman Centenary Conference in both Dublin and Minneapolis. His poems have been nominated for Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Net prizes and his Pushcart-nominated poem, ‘The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work’, was the title poem of an anthology published by Hibernian Writers in 2015. He is curator of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site and in 2018 published his debut collection, Growing Up in Colour, with Doire Press.

 

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