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15 May 2014

Three haikus

New work by the Australian poet John Kinsella

By John Kinsella


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


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


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

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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.