With ‘The Hunger’, Mairi Murphy describes the traumatic experience of the Irish famine, as it is passed on from one generation to the next.

the wind turns the soil

potatoes crumble like air

disease exposed

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Mhairi Murphy by Kath Warren, courtesy of the Scottish Writers’ Centre

 

‘The Hunger’ by Mairi Murphy

 

pinpoints of pain pummel the ribs

deep inside the cage

knawing reality

walking never fixes

feel my baby turning

 

the wind turns the soil

potatoes crumble like air

disease exposed

a generation ill-formed

carrying their seed

 

I pass on.

 


Mairi Murphy graduated last autumn from Glasgow University with a Masters in Creative Writing. Whilst there she was awarded the 2016 Alistair Buchan Prize for poetry for which two of her poems were also shortlisted. Recently her poems have been published in ‘Shetland Create’, ‘From Glasgow to Saturn’ and ‘Crooked Holster (an anthology of crime). She is the editor of ‘Glasgow Women Poets’ published by Four-em Press in 2016, of which she is the co-founder.

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