The Jigger (Poems from Litløy Fyr)
Our favourite tool is the jigger – a serrated disc
that whirs like a spinning top.
Dr. Nicolaes Tulp cutting putty-flesh, as though
the seal and frame are rigor-mortis
turned inside out. I am a student of anatomy
wedging a jammy bar inside a nerve.
I hear the root canal crunch and crack:
a great diagonal
forms two potential blades. Max lowers
them both to my waiting hands,
hoping they don’t detach.
Proper death! He laughs.
Laurence O’Dwyer holds a PhD in paradigms of memory formation from Trinity College Dublin. In 2017, he received a fellowship from The MacDowell Colony. In 2016, he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry. He has also won a Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. For 2018, he has been awarded residencies at the Rensing Center and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a visiting scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University. His work has been published in The Guardian, World Literature Today, Warscapes, Salamander, Mudlark and Poetry Salzburg Review. Facebook: Laurence O'Dwyer
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