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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Marian Kilcoyne is an Irish writer based on the west coast of Ireland. Her Poetry has been published widely in the US and Europe. She has read on National Irish radio from her just published collection, The Heart Uncut, published October 2020 by Wordsonthestreet, Galway. She was short listed for the 2017 Dermot Healy International prize for poetry. She was placed on the long list for the 2019 Fish Poetry Prize. She was shortlisted for the Dalkey Creates Writers Prize 2020. her website is at

Marian Kilcoyne

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Lepus timidus hibernicus

Near five this morning taking the sea breeze
and projectile salt in childish gulps, a hare lopes
by my toes at middling speed. We both get a fright.
Clutching a shawl closer, the frozen muscles relax, and I
wonder what part of me thought there would not be a hare
at five in the morning.
I ponder my landlord ways, return to sleep my tenants
sleep, and accept my place on this hungry coastline that
vows so much to me and to which I am a sad phantasm.