many months, to float in warmth womb-wet swell stirred with each murmur of her world until surges begin Now the caesarean slice Now the hospital light Now mother's girl-cries through this first rift, flesh-crevice the lift, the light, the light, the clench and pinch the cord clamped, cut, the cold, the light, and now now the swaddle, now the struggle, now we begin again now the stench, where they scorch and stitch her flesh, fusing this fissure together again: my path back, sealed tight so now I must become I, I am, I.
DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA is an award-winning bilingual poet based in Cork, Ireland. She was recently awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015 by Paula Meehan. Among her other awards are the Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry and two Arts Council literature bursaries, as well as nominations for the Pushcart Prize (USA), The Venture Award (UK), the Strokestown Poetry Prize and the Jonathan Swift Award. Her first collection of poems in English is forthcoming from Dedalus Press.