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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.


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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