Rachel Coventry

Dispute & Blueberries

Rachel Coventry

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Latterly, my mother’s silent complaint,

the mute argument of her life

articulates itself inside her body

each unspoken tirade

eventually rendered in flesh

scratched into synapse

a foot plants itself on the stair, refuses

to move till she swears, come on

you fucker, drags it sulking

up one but then the other

stops and on it goes

the claim and counter claim

of an insidious dispute

that leads nowhere


Beautiful in a blue bowl

round and purple,

still with some nursery

rhyme novelty,

zoomed in all the way

from Chile.

Are they bigger

than they should be?

More voluptuous

than blackberries

they laugh like Buddha

or Verruca Salt

before it hits her

You think, maybe 

life is a bowl of these

they seem kinder

than cherries,

so eat some

bursting into


they set your teeth

on edge.

Rachel Coventry

Rachel Coventry lives in Galway where she is studying for a doctorate in Heidegger’s Poetics at The National University of Ireland, Galway. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in many journals including Poetry Ireland Review, The SHop, Stony Thursday Book, Cyphers, Banshee and Crannóg. This year, she won the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust Annual Poetry Competition and she was highly commended in the 2015 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition. She was selected for the 2014 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. She is currently working on a debut collection.