Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday Poetry: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Pygmalion's Image

Not only her stone face, laid back staring in the ferns,
But everything the scoop of the valley contains begins to move
(And beyond the horizon the trucks beat the highway.)

A tree inflates gently on the curve of the hill;
An insect crashes on the carved eyelid;
Grass blows westward from the roots,
As the wind knifes under her skin and ruffles it like a book.

The crisp hair is real, wriggling like snakes;
A rustle of veins, tick of blood in the throat;
The lines of the face tangle and catch, and
A green leaf of language comes twisting out of her mouth.


At 2:38 PM, Blogger tyromaven said...

what language does that poet's name come from?

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Ammegg said...

I assumed Gaelic, but as I found her in an anthology I couldn't say definitively. I'll look it up.


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