For Tony MacMa­hon

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BOOKS - By Tom French

They would be com­mit­ted to the deep­est bog, all of the ac­cor­dions in Ire­land – bar one –

to re­mind peo­ple of the pesti­lence that was, and to dis­suade, by prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tion,

any­one tempted to com­mit fu­ture mu­si­cal sin. Then, in a cold church – the right place for him

to con­front him­self – a can­dle would be lit, some­one would bring the sur­viv­ing in­stru­ment,

and the mas­ter would sit, strap it on and play un­til he had left his pain. And we would lis­ten. ■ Today’s po­ems are from Eva Bourke’s new col­lec­tion See­ing Yel­low (Dedalus Press ) and from Tom French’s The Last Straw (Gallery). Both po­ets will be launch­ing their work at the Cúirt Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val in Gal­way later this month

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