Water samples, DS Maolalai

Craig Goodworth, Liminal Ground, 2014


Water samples


after a hike
in the nice part
of the Phoenix Park
and Gardens,

drinking with a friend
on the balcony.
his knees are wet, his socks
are filthy – I’ve made him leave his bottles
in a bag beside the door. he’s

a scientist; spent our stroll
collecting algae
and river
water samples. now

we drink hot whiskies
and gossip about our friends.

DS Maolalai


Review by John Morrison

What a wonderful, unpretentious, clear tone. The movement echoes, in plain language, the tropes of ancient Chinese poetry (friendship, tromping about, gossiping, drinking), in delightful, light brush strokes.

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