Warming: Afric McGlinchey

Warming: Afric McGlinchey

Her frozen root lies in earth’s crust, beside

carcasses of werewolves.


Ice-entombed for a billion years,

now she emerges, imprinting new ideas.


More than giddy, she is rising,

shuddering the ice sheet awake,


surfing on a seismic wave.

Translucent as a vampire’s skin, she drifts


across a smorgasbord of glaciers.

Her young bones sense something changing.


Ghost mountain range, breaking into dawn,

and she doesn’t feel the cold.

About the author

Afric McGlinchey

Afric McGlinchey was born in Galway, Ireland, but moved frequently throughout her life, growing up in Zambia, Limerick, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and living briefly in London, Paris and Spain before returning to Ireland in 1999. In 2010 she received the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award. That same year she was awarded a fellowship by the Faber Academy, to complete an advanced six-month poetry course in Dublin. In 2012 Afric received a Pushcart nomination and won the USA Northern Liberties prize (Editors’ Choice). She won the Poets Meet Politics prize in 2015 (and a second poem was commended). One of her poems was nominated for a Forward prize and another was published in the Leaving Certificate Examinations Book.

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