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Oisín Breen: Continuance.

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Observing Firelight

When you watch a candle,

Its balletic fire

A torrent

Of seemingly unending heat,

A sharp fixed point

Of gulped air,

And silence

Metes a breathless rhapsody

Of death,

And there are instants

Of stillness,

When the flame flickers

Out, then continues,

Backed by equal moments

Of surging light,

Where blue flickers

– in milliseconds –


Then vanish,


A soliloquy

Of continuance.

About the Author: A poet, part-time academic in narratological complexity, and financial journalist, Dublin born Oisín Breen's widely reviewed debut collection, ‘Flowers, all sorts in blossom, figs, berries, and fruits, forgotten’ was released Mar. 2020.

Breen has been published in a number of journals, including About Place, Door is a Jar, Northern Gravy, The Blue Nib, Books Ireland, The Seattle Star, ZiN Daily, La Piccioletta Barca, The Bosphorus Review of Books, The Kleksograph, In Parentheses, The Madrigal, and Dreich magazine.


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