Poem: Laura-Blaise McDowell

The Earth Is a Child With a Bionic Arm. Bolts knock together as she twirls A new limb, a new Crown for her body to orbit. This bright robotic fin, A hot new well of energies. The earth is a child with a bionic arm As she spins it, it releases, as she spins It comes to pieces. She is a planet with shifting plates Steering towards to sun. She grabs it in the shock of Her new hand Holds it out to her mother, Says, Look!

Laura-Blaise McDowell holds an MA in Creative Writing (UCD). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including in the anthology Still Worlds Turning from No Alibis Press. She's been longlisted for the Hinterland Prize for Nonfiction, and shortlisted for the Doolin Writers' Competition and the Benedict Kiely Short Story Award. In 2019, two of her stories were longlisted for the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award, with Balloon Animals making the shortlist. She has fiction forthcoming in Sonder and Fly on the Wall Press magazine.

Image by Janet Ramsden

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