Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Speak Other Voices

Speak Other Voices

(The last Poetry Now Festival, Dun Laoghaire, March 2011)

Speak other voices

From other mouths,

Mouths that shape the language

Of other countries, other lives.

We know nothing about each other

But we know these words -

The ones that makes the sssss

The ones that make the oooos –

The suck and pull of sibilants

The essence of the vowels

The soft touch of emotion

The sucker puncher verbs

The humour and the sorrow

Self-deprecating veins

The quick flick of an eyebrow

The slow burn of the page.

We are always, always watching

And listening for the sign.

Here, we find the signals everywhere

Their words, your words, are mine.

©  Helena Nolan

Heaney wins 'Irish Times' poetry award
Helena Nolan's poems and short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and literary magazines including; The Stinging Fly, Abridged and The Moth, as well as on the Spoken Ink audio website and The Guardian Poetry Workshop. Last year she was shortlisted for Strokestown, runner up in the Fish poetry competition and came second in the Patrick Kavanagh Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UCD (2008).