The Adulterers’ Lunch by Helena Nolan

Here’s a sample of some gorgeous work by Helena Nolan, who will be kicking off events at this Wednesday’s Double Shot @ Books Upstairs by reading a few poems. We’re looking forward to hearing her read alongside Breda Wall Ryan and Martin Dyar:

The Adulterers’ Lunch

We are eating time.
Before the wine is served
Conversation breaks
Across our plates.

The first course is all brittle –
Snapping breadsticks
Sharp-edged crusts
Serrated leaves.

The second course is fish;
Briefly teeth sink into flesh
Taste a pillow of polenta,
Sample sauce – a silky sheen.

Coffee is bitter afterwards;
Despite our best intent,
There is never enough time
For dessert.

Helena Nolan is a poet and short fiction writer from Dublin. Helena has been selected for this year’s Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and will read as part of the International Literature Festival in May. She won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2011, having come second in 2010. She was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in 2013 and has featured in a number of National & International Poetry Competitions, including Strokestown, Fish, The Kilkenny Broadsheet, Anam Cara & RTE/John Murray Show. Her work has appeared in a range of publications including; The Irish Times, The Irish Independent/New Irish Writing, Poetry Ireland Newsletter, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and literary journals such as The Stinging Fly, The Moth and Abridged, as well as extensively online. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UCD.

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