Patrick Cotter

Patrick Cotter lives in Cork. His most recent collection is Making Music.

Poem: ‘At the Butcher’s’

Patrick Cotter, 19 October 2017

The sheep’s severed head seems merely disembodied; floating, not hanging from a hook; eyes creamy and dozing in a sheen of deep thought, as if she remembers the pastures,

the smell of shook clover, hedges to be jumped over, the raptures of mad rams later dismembered. A stumped man following his wife to the butcher’s shop stares

into the sheep’s lifeless eyes, his moist...

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