The red and the black by David Butler

in the spin of the wheel

in the eye of a sanctuary-lamp

in the fall of trumps

in the heart’s hot embers

in anger’s shadow

in the soul of wine

in a rose’s hundred eyelids

in the blood-pulse

in our wounded loves




David Butler is a novelist, poet and playwright. The most recent of his three published novels, City of Dis (New Island), was shortlisted for the 2015 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. Doghouse Books brought out his first poetry collection, Via Crucis, in 2011, while a short-story collection, No Greater Love, was published in London by Ward Wood in 2013. His new collection All The Barbaric Glass is out now with Doire Press. You can find him on Facebook.

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