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Enda Coyle-Greene – Wave

Coyle-Greene profile Dec 2020

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Live Encounters Poetry & Writing, Volume One, December 2020.

Enda Coyle-Greene was born in Dublin and lives in Skerries. Her most recent collection, Indigo, Electric, Baby, was published by the Dedalus Press in February 2020.  Her debut collection, Snow Negatives (2007) won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2006 and was followed in 2013 by Map of the Last, both also from Dedalus.  She teaches creative writing and facilitates poetry workshops and is curator of the annual Fingal Poetry Festival.



On my lockdown walk,
hand gel, phone, two sets of keys,
stones in my pocket.


Between this and that
house, empty since December,
a whole world, shuttered.


Stopped at the Hoar Rock,
I wait inside a silence
moved on by one gull.


Light lands on water
silver-bitten, jitterbugged,
I see a cliché.


This flat-calm morning
only ripples fret wet sand,
the surge is held, still


until it hits me
opening the door, that wave
I’ll have to breathe through.

Conversations with Friends During a Pandemic

—  for Susan, Ann, and Tony


Our news on the phone,
All about small spaces now
my sky-filled skylight.


In Buenos Aires
Learning Tango, she’s turning
so I face her view.


Everyone’s living
like poets now, says a friend
and fellow poet.

© Enda Coyle-Greene