Poetry: ‘…sinking parts of me towards parts of them’ – Liz Quirke
An Áit Eile presents two wonderful poems, ‘Boluisce’, and ‘Teeth’, by Galway-based poet Liz Quirke.
Liz Quirke is 30 and lives in Spiddal, Co. Galway with her partner and daughter. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies including Southword, Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book and The Ofi Press. She was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize in 2015 and won the 2015 Poems for Patience Competition.
I root my fingers, burying them back and down.
A twist into black, acidic soil,
deeper than anything man-made.
I push to the graves of the lake families,
generations who lived and died by the water.
I pay my respects in the only way I know,
by kneeling in the sodden earth
and sinking parts of me towards parts of them.
I do what no record does and remember their passing,
their assimilation back to the land.
I want them to teach me how to inhabit this place,
to reanimate and diffuse their knowledge into my urban bones,