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Tara Bergin

Tara Bergin won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize in 2014 with This is Yarrow, which also received the Shine/Strong Award, and was shortlisted for the Poetry Now Award: the Poetry Book Society named her a Next Generation Poet. The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet, 2017), a PBS recommendation, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. She teaches at Newcastle University, and has also written a thesis on Ted Hughes’s translations of János Pilinszky.

Composition for the Left Hand by Tara Bergin

Last night I met a trophy hunter / who admired my slender fingers – / he held my left hand up to the light / and praised the pretty white skin / on my palm and let me flare my fingers / out like the antlers of a stag – he took my wrist / and I didn’t insist on a phone number – / I gave him mi...

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Mask by Tara Bergin

It won't help if I tell you this but it might. / I was making this mask for the children. / I was holding the white face in my hand, / its underside around my palm. / I was painting it. / It was not at all frightening. / But as I was doing it I was thinking, / This is interesting. / This is ...

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