Tuam by Amanda Bell

Once more we are called upon

To lay our wafers on the body politic,


take them one by one,

place them on our tongues

and absorb the failings of the state,

digest the blind-eyes turned.


All this we do, in silence,

and remembrance of you.



This poem is published in  First the Feathers (Doire Press 2018), a signed first edition is available at Take Heart Pop Up Art. 'Tuam' first appeared in Burning Bush 2. Amanda Bell is the winner of the 2015 William Allingham Prize and was highly commended for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015 and 2016. First the Feathers was shortlisted for the 2018 Shine Strong Award.

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