Ghazal: Remembering Dublin, 1964 When you ordered coal, and it arrived brought by horse and dray along the unswept streets, when a funeral passed by and people stood to watch and crossed themselves respectfully all down the street, when a queue of people blocked the pavements waiting for a church to open on the crowded streets because it was the day of “Blessing of the Throats” and God alone would know the germs that lurked in city streets. These are the details I recall, the reasons that I fell in love and treasured Dublin City’s streets.
Gill McEvoy won the 2015 Michael Marks Award for The First Telling (Happenstance Press). She is a Hawthornden Fellow. Her recent collection is Are You Listening? (Hedgehog Press 2020) and a “Selected” is forthcoming from Hedgehog Press in 2022.