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Donald Teskey, Ballinglen

Amanda Bell

These are the seascapes of my dream – 

sheer waves, surf a blinding white, 

all fractals tilting towards the centre 

where a rockpool holds my eye. 

I scale down sheets of terraced rock, 

then all else fades to nothing 

but the tinnitus of surf, 

the tiny searchlight 

of a yellow periwinkle.

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Amanda Bell is an award-winning poet and author, and the recipient of a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2020. Publications include First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017); Undercurrents (Alba, 2016); The Lost Library Book (Onslaught, 2017); and the loneliness of the sasquatch, from the Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Alba, 2018). A new collection, Riptide, is forthcoming from Doire Press, and a chapbook, Revolution, from wildflower poetry press. <