Marian Kilcoyne

Marian is an Irish writer based on the west coast of Ireland. She has, in the past, been a teacher at senior level, worked professionally in education and management for an Aids Organisation, and reviewed fiction and non-fiction for the Sunday Business Post, Ireland. She attended the Seamus Heaney Centre summer school at Queens University Belfast in 2013. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and journals. She was featured poet on Poethead – Contemporary Irish women poets, January 9th – 16th 2018. In 2017 she was short listed  for the Dermot Healy International prize for poetry.

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Paragon of Virtue

There are licit shifts in the sky tonight
From dulcet blue to blackened cower
Lacing a canopy of empathy onto me.
The wonder of confession is held
Fast in the heft of you, in the
Strain that limits your smile.
So what if you are not all you
Ought to be – your comforts are not
My business. My business is the forge,
The element, the piece of swarthy
Soul, the perfect tangram fit.

© 2019 Marian Kilcoyne