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Canals of memory

By Áine Moynihan

Canals of memory

Canals of memory Details:

Published: October 2008
ISBN:       978-0-9558746-2-8

Cover Design: Arial view of Venice 16th Century
Painting from the Vatican (artist unknown)

Sample piece from Canals of memory

September in Venice

All night, islands float in and out of my mind;
the Blasket Sound merging in a dream
with the blue Venetian lagoon.
Inishere, wet walls of grey stone
square off small fields,
a seagull's cry
from these dusty, sun-drenched campos.
Down a narrow canal
a gondola glides,
its curving shape contains a currach.
Water laps against ancient palaces,
caresses the landing stage.
A naomhog nudges into view.
Land-locked, I miss the ocean;
islanded, crave a city's embrace.
Here, in this dream place,
this intricate marriage of land and water,
I trawl the canals of memory,
hauling long-forgotten fragments of a life
out under Adriatic light.

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