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Ian Duhig (b. 1954) was the eighth of eleven children born to Irish parents with a liking for...
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From The Irish
According to Dineen, a Gael unsurpassed
in lexicographical enterprise, the Irish
for moon means 'the white circle in a slice
of half-boiled potato or turnip'. A star
is the mark on the forehead of a beast
and the sun is the bottom of a lake, or well
Well if I say to you your face
is like a slice of half-boiled turnip,
your hair is the colour of a lake's bottom
and at the centre of each or your eyes
is the mark of the beast, it is because
I want to love you properly, according to Dineen.
from The Bradford Count (Bloodaxe Books, 1991), copyright © Ian Duhig 1991, used by permission of the author and the publisher
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