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Dane Holt

Dane Holt is currently completing a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. His poems have appeared in The Tangerine and as part of the Lifeboat series. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in 2018 and in 2019 was the winner of the inaugural Brotherton Prize.



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Outside, the rain seems always on the brink Like most people that morning I was avoiding my father’s funeral I must’ve stood at the door with my coat on for hours, always turning  back as though putting off seeing a film It was the sort of day for wearing an old shirt into town to buy a new shirt The rain began The wind agitated the lake The sort of lake you can’t when giving directions from the road miss The sort of road people call ‘the high road’ leading down to the lake people call ‘the old lake’ from which the wind brings news of the drowned boy
The Lake

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November 2019

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