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16 October 2014
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Colin Dardis

Colin Dardis resides in Belfast where he currently hosts a monthly poetry night in the Safehouse Gallery and is a member of the performance group 'The Belfast Poets'. He is also the editor for Speech Therapy, a small journal focusing on new poetry from the North of Ireland. Previously, Colin has been a co-ordinator of Poetic Splendour, a monthly performance poetry night in Belfast. His poem 'Perhaps' was short listed for the Edit Red 2006 Writer's Choice Award for Poetry.

Birchwood by Colin Dardis

Her spine bends
in accordance with her femininity:
conscious waves of undressing
through amplified flesh,
a zig-zag bone
between curls of breast and cheek.
I dreamt of birch driftwood
soothed by a Tyrone waterfall
where branches could be tied to stone
and left for currents
to smooth away tempers,
leaving arched timber
with the sheen of bark
as embossed as herself.
Thora was tied to my river
and I loved her as I watched
days of water pass her dipped back,
her muscular silence betraying
my want to move her soul,
firm and endurable as ever.




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