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  • Falling into Cape Clear Island
  • John Kinsella (bio)

You are walking briskly back down Ardmanagh Road toward Anchor Lodge, A driving wind over your shoulder picking up traces of copper from the heights, When you are lifted by a gust and carried over Schull Harbour out into the bay, Falling into Cape Clear Island from the foot of the Old Red Sandstone range.

Distance is nothing as vertigo unravels space, seams unthread from stone, A dark sky suddenly clear, macadam soft as wet peat, a fish at your ear; Feeling unwell, this is how you piece it all back together, draw on “flying dreams,” Falling into Cape Clear Island from the foot of the Old Red Sandstone range.

You might fall all the way to Jam Tree Gully, a trick of curvature, logic of sphere, But it’s outside imagining, your feet looking for immediate traction, the fear; Off a school vocabulary list, you lift sa bhaile, which is where you will land, Falling into Cape Clear Island from the foot of the Old Red Sandstone range.

Not long after takeoff you gain a bird’s-eye view of a slate cottage, broken Down to chimney and two walls, and witness a crown of moss and ferns, self- Sufficient as much as anywhere else, and you transfer this knowledge to speech, Falling into Cape Clear Island from the foot of the Old Red Sandstone range.

So, exclaiming as you sweep over the water, Mount Gabriel your ceiling, You become ash on the wind, cryo-burnt offering, scattered to the here and now; But heritage has set you this launch place, appointed this unknown drop zone, Falling into Cape Clear Island from the foot of the Old Red Sandstone range. [End Page 56]

John Kinsella

john kinsella’s most recent book of poetry is Jam Tree Gully. He is a professorial research fellow at the University of Western Australia, professor of sustainability and literature at Curtin University, and a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2168-5541
Print ISSN
0038-4534
Pages
p. 56
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-24
Open Access
No
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