Elaine Reads 'Madra'


Today we have the wonderful Elaine Gorman, reading a poem by the Keats-Shelley Prize winning poet Patrick Cotter. Word on the street, she's an ace at badminton. Here she is with her new puppy Luna.



Madra

Patrick Cotter


The dog who read books had nowhere in his brain for the words to go.


As they streamed in through his eyes, line by line they re-emerged through each


fibre in his fur with a yelp.

He watched his master’s noiseless act


of reading and copied him as best he could turning the pages


by swishing his nose, swivelling his head from side to side and top


to bottom over each page. Words of English left him a shiny,


glistening coat but Irish words left him with the most peculiar


smell, attracting the barks in par- ticular of wolfhounds and red


setters, water spaniels, Kerry Blues, and the keening of priests who


prayed only in hidden ditches near forgotten limestone mass rocks.


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