The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Anne Tannam: 2 Poems Published

Poems by Anne Tannam (Ireland)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 43



All Fall Down


‘I’ve been clearing out.’

She handed me a bag full of pocket-sized tissues.


Twenty or more packets of tissues

some unopened, most with one or two missing in action.


I took them home, along with the gloves and scarves

she knew she wouldn’t need again


and took to using them

like the stash would last forever


down the bottom of school bags and swimming bags

jackets and coat pockets.


We took to using them

like they could be replaced


when the last one went missing. 





Just one eye, the right

not weeping exactly

more a steady watering

barely requiring a tissue

or any attention at all.


In her mind she registers

the beginning of this

phenomenon coinciding

with the arrival

of the word ‘Prognosis’


 pushes the thought aside

 though it still flickers

 like an unwelcome image

 burning her retina


 a premonition of things to come.


About the Poet

Bred, buttered and living in Dublin, Anne’s work has  appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, The Moth, Skylight47, Headstuff, The Poetry Bus, Crannóg, Prairie Schooner, Burning Bush, Literature Today, Episteme, and several anthologies. Her first book of poetry 'Take This Life’, was published by 6tHouse in 2011.A spoken word artist, Anne has performed her work at Electric Picnic, Cúirt and other festivals around Ireland and is co-founder of the Dublin Writers’ Forum.

Image: "Eyes" by Ahmed Sinan.

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