Diane Fahey

Diane Fahey is the author of twelve poetry collections, including The Wing Collection: New & Selected Poems and The Stone Garden: Poems from Clare, both shortlisted for major poetry awards. She has received six writer's grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the latest of which supported the writing of a poetry collection set in the West of Ireland. In 2013 she took part in Australian Poetry's International Poetry Tour of Ireland. Her most recent poetry collection is A House by the River.

Glass Flowers

1 Alchemical vessels imbued with rumours of colour – a pearly acorn-brown, tinctures of amber, buff-white: the Trickster, light, mixing it up, sheathing each sculpted bloom in the glow of other objects; even the innermost whorl, the nectary, endowed with …

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My mother threw pinches of spilt salt over her left shoulder, would toss water that had boiled eggs onto the garden; crossed knives were swiftly uncrossed on the table. For good luck: her youngest brother’s signet ring, its horseshoe worn …

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from: Zoo Birds

Mute swans form pictograms from unknown languages; write with mango beaks on lakes; move at will from one kind of perfection to another. Meditation Icons of the art of now, of being nowhere but here, they practise pure stillness, freedom …

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Spring News

An elephant seal came to lie along banked kelp, its eyes wet with the sea's gleam and all the brighter for being set in that grey body – one long, lounging muscle stroked by the tide. This side, a stretch …

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Cormorants at Solstice

Shades of the goose, the penguin? But that conduit of snow-striped black, the lithe fluidity on shore, are yours. Twin peaks, gothic against humdrum waves, loom as feathers dry. Body shapes – comic, ingenious or statuesque – suggest an alphabet …

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