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16 October 2014
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Karen McCague

I'm twenty three years old but its only recently that I've begun to seek publication. I work full time as a Community Health Worker in Armagh, helping people with drug and alcohol problems and any other associated health issues. My work is really enjoyable but I would love to dedicate all my time to writing! I enjoy reading and love writers such as George Orwell and John Steinbeck, natural, no fuss. The poets that I admire greatly are Berryman, Hughes, Auden, Heaney, Bishop: to be honest the list is infinite.

Tahitian Immortality by Karen McCague

Avocados & immortality-
The crutch and the orbit of truth,
The isle of hate and seven wonders.
The armadillo and the Noni juice,
From Tahiti, guaranteed with
Gauguin’s Yellow Christ.
Send my turmoil to the moon or
Sell it to the devil -
Who waits in the surgery,
His stethoscope intact, his receding hairline
His Hoar by his side.

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