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Conor Carville

Conor Carville is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Reading. He was born in Armagh, N. Ireland and won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry in 2007. His first volume of poems, Harm's Way, was published in 2013 by Dedalus. He is currently completing his second collection. A book on Samuel Beckett and painting will be published by Cambridge University Press next year.

The Ballad of R. D. Laing

Between the skull in Connemara / and the one beneath the skin, / lies the album sleeve aglimmer / in the bargain-columbarium / of a charity shop in Banglatown, / Banglatown or Stepney, / the skull that glows, all unbeknown / where poetry and psychiatry / shacked up for a time, their Magic-Eye / polarities in strobing flux: / as duck scuppers bunny, / so bunny morphs to duck. / / I tug it from its berth in the depths, / twig as the legend appears / above the image: Life before Dea...

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