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Something About

Something About

A poem set in Dublin, St Stephen's Green

Something About

those huge black canvases in Newman's
church, St Stephen's Green -- restoration
botched perhaps -- Raphael Cartoons,
copies, loved by Newman, quite gone out.

Something about,
outside, Joyce's head, too silver sharp,
too shrunk, facing stone steps he argued up
of the house where Hopkins sweated, found his heart,
his shaping spirit, turned 'widow of an insight
lost' (which we know something about).

Something about
a pigeon flight above the little lake, dark then white
as they turn as one bird and repeat
black into white (as ruined paint will not)
nine times precisely and like one bird depart.

Strange the fate –
insight spoiled, wanting rhymes too neat,
whichever way we think, wherever look –
to snuffle like setters in a winter garden
excitedly nosing old leaves, mortally certain
there is (certainly was -- night's odorous traffic)

something, somewhere, about.

from Something About (Carcanet Press, 2004), copyright © P J Kavanagh 2004, used by permission of the author and the publisher


PJ Kavanagh

P J Kavanagh Reading from his poems

1Dedication Poem

2Yeats's Tower

3The Spring

4On The Way to the Depot

5Perfection Isn't Like a Perfect Story


7November the First

8The Clapham Elephants


10A Single Tree


12Beyond Decoration

13Late Acknowledgement

14One Sentence, and Another

15A Ghost Replies

16They Lift Their Heads

17Minimal Prayer Suggestion

18Natural History



21In the Middle of the Wood


23Beside the Sea

24Slow as Grass


26Vox Pop



29Something About

Books by PJ Kavanagh