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15 May 2014

Three haikus

New work by the Australian poet John Kinsella

By John Kinsella

Warning

Gales from Mizen Head,
Storm petrels called by chieftains;
Grey heron flat tack.

Wild

Raging over rocks
Sea opens anemones:
Wild snakelocks, beadlets.

Gap

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The small gap here fumes.
Not yet lethal as home’s Gap.
But the sea insists.

John Kinsella is an Australian poet, critic, essayist and the current international editor of the Kenyon Review. “Warning”, “Wild” and “Gap” are part of a series of poems about life on the south-west coast of Ireland.

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