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The New Salon: Poets in Conversation

Grennan.Small.jpg Eamon Grennan was born in Dublin in 1941 and educated at UCD, where he studied English and Italian, and Harvard, where he received his PhD in English. His volumes of poetry include Matter of Fact (2008), What Light There Is & Other Poems, (North Point Press, 1989); Wildly for Days (1983); What Light There Is (1987); As If It Matters (1991); So It Goes (1995); Selected and New Poems (2000); Still Life with Waterfall (2001) and The Quick of It (2005).
Copyright by Eamon Grennan

Through an accidental crack in the curtain
I can see the eight o'clock light change from
charcoal to a faint gassy blue, inventing things

in the morning that has a thick skin of ice on it
as the water tank has, so nothing flows, all is bone,
telling its tale of how hard the night had to be

for any heart caught out in it, just flesh and blood
no match for the mindless chill that's settled in,
a great stone bird, its wings stretched stiff

from the tip of Letter Hill to the cobbled bay, its gaze
glacial, its hook-and-scrabble claws fast clamped
on every window, its petrifying breath a cage

in which all the warmth we were is shivering.