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DM O’Connor

DM O’Connor has an MFA from University College Dublin & the University of New Mexico. He is a contributing reviewer for Rhino Poetry and fiction editor at Bending Genres. His work has appeared in Splonk, A New Ulster, Dodging the Rain, Cormorant, Crannog, Opossum, The New Quarterly, and the Guardian. He is the recipient of the 2021 Cuirt International Award for Fiction and the Tom Gallon Award.


In need of light she
opened the blinds

to crow sky inhale dew
found mirror and wonder.

In need of air across sea
unfurled sail to find no wind

he caught reflection stood thinking,
boiling water,

their steam attempting collusion
becoming rain.

Pain and pleasure,
the elements of memory.
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