[click] Photo: Kristan Graham
Graham, author of the acclaimed chapbook, The Watch, lives
in Burlington, Ontario, after living in Northern Ireland for many
years. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and anthologized
internationally; She is included in The White Page/An Bhileog
Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets. She holds a Masters’
degree in creative writing from Lancaster University in England
and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto, McMaster
University and Centauri Arts. Catherine's poetry has also been anthologized
in Love in Four Positions (Leaf Press). Pupa (Insomniac
Press) is her first book. Visit www.catherinegraham.com
series of flowers
make one yellow head.
Ray (ligulate) florets,
The Irish Daisy.
Some names stick.
we root open spaces.
Fields, rocky hillsides,
rose gardens. Your place?
time in the sun
our globe-heads turn wiser.
Thin seeds of old age,
tufts take to the sky
long slender beak
give what we know
to the air-splitting breeze.