Stopgap Grace

Stopgap Grace

by Neil McCarthy


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Proof that the sublime and absurd sometimes switch jobs. All sacred words get used and every recklessness sanctified. No sooner has night 'slid its burlap sack over our heads' than we are given 'alibis for something that / never happened.' McCarthy's voice is the one we want when we're running low on grace.-Brendan Constantine. Neil McCarthy grew up in West Cork in the eighties. He graduated from NUIG, and began travelling and writing poetry soon after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912561070
Publisher: Salmon Poetry
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


The Eleventh Commandment 11

This isn't Silverlake anymore 12

Bacon 15

A Selection of Cured Meats and Jesus 16

Thrown 17

Pleasure in its merciless forms 18

Sirens 19

North from Laguna Beach 20


Vienna 23

Hotel Corpus Christi 25

To exit this particular nightmare, please follow the illuminated floor panelling along the aisle 27

Three Magpies 28

For which the city is above suspicion 29

Sighisoara in mid-February 30

Those with ears polite 31

The Ships of the Neva 32

Come & Go 34

Caucasus 35

We can breathe with ease 37

Eva at a safe distance 38

The Widow 39


Do not compare the darkness 41

Through windows dimly lit 42

Parliament Bridge 43

A Fire Escape in Brooklyn 45

The Only Straight Man on Christopher Street 48

A man with bleeding hands 49

Q on a triple letter square 50

Gower Street, 2am 51

Ghetto Birds 52

Jungle of the Bourgeois Pig 53

No access to the Hollywood Sign 54

How to kill a pig 55


Mrs. De Florian looks through a north-facing window 57

Summerfield Road 58

Worry about it tomorrow, do 59

Between now and my uncertain exit 60

After the Thaw 64

Thought Bubble for the Unobserved 65

Clear as my conscience may be, you still haunt me as the brown settles to black 66

Sundial 67


The Quarry 69

Istanbul 70

Our precious measured days 71

On a bridge in Regensburg 72

Dark Counties 73

Welcome to Kiribati 75

About the author 76

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