Poetry: Kelly Norah Drukker

At the Seven Churches

Clochan, like a bell—
turned inward. Sound

of the wind in the fields.
No prayers, no mass, only

cows in the winter, making
their rounds. We come

to kneel at the doorway,
to peer into that kind of

dark. To think our way
backwards, listening.

Kelly Norah Drukker was born in Montreal, and has lived and taught English in Canada, France, Switzerland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Her poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, The Malahat Review, the Literary Review of Canada, enRoute Magazine, Room Magazine, Poetry New Zealand, carte blanche, and The Montreal International Poetry Prize Longlist Anthology. In 2006, her set of long poems Still Lives won second prize in the CBC Literary Awards. Kelly is at work on her first collection of poems, set mainly on the island of Inis Mór in County Galway, Ireland. She returns to the island whenever she can.

Clochan photograph copyright M J Richardson.