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1st prize - 2013

Photograph of Ciarán Parkes

Originally from Northern Ireland, Ciarán Parkes lives in Galway, beside the ocean, writing and taking photographs. His poems have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies. He was the founding editor of the Galway literary magazine, Crannóg. He was recently shortlisted for this year's Frogmore Poetry Prize and is very happy to have won the Poetry Pulse competition.

Island by Ciarán Parkes

A lake the size
of a small room

an island no bigger
than a single bed

when you set out in your boat
you've already arrived

to lie on your back
beneath a dazzling sun

so small you can blot it out
with one finger




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