The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

1 Poem Published



By Nollaig Rowan (Ireland)

Published in Issue 21.                                  


Shed your mollusc shell

like a pearl,


float in oceans, roll on sands,

run in forests, climb palms,


save your lustre,

reflection and refraction.


I am with you, ticking hours and towns

on calendar and atlas,


holding your outer shell

open       for your return.



Nollaig’s work has been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. In 2008 she won first prize in Dromineer Literary festival poetry competition and was shortlisted in the FISH international short story competition. She is published in the Quiet Quarter (2009), Windows poetry (2009) Blue Suitcase (2011) and several other anthologies. 

She was awarded a residency in Tyrone Guthrie Artists’ centre last year where she worked on a first collection of stories.  Recently she was short-listed in the Francis MacManus radio short story competition and her story “You” was broadcast on 3rd July 2012, see website