A Figure

A Figure

[Photo:  Tony Carragher]

[Photo: Tony Carragher]

from an old church
a seated figure
a seated figure
termed St. Gobonet
from a drawing
destroyed in 1548 for “fear of the English”
seated figure
a seated figure
a female figure
surmounted by human heads
projecting from a wall
the stone is different
a figure called “An Idol”
on the barbican
on a font
on the gable-end
into the wall of a mill
an erect figure
a stone figure
the priest twice attacked it,
but the people concealed it
on a panel
on a quoin-stone
this stone is figured
the figures themselves represent females
now owned by a gentleman
Saint Shanahan
much weathered
struggling with two monsters
an effigy
a female figure so displaying
cut within a lozenge
a strange figure in stone
called by the country people
a figure, the sex of which
projecting from the west gable
placed loosely over a well
in a vaulted cell
on a slab on the peel tower
hacked off
buried up to her neck under a yew tree
entirely obscured
sitting upright
bedded face downwards
flanked by two animals
covered with lichen
called Kathleen Owen
a series of punctures in the abdomen
now missing
now preserved
now mutilated
in the bed of River Cashen
“the witch”
in an old farm lane
buried for concealment
in a private garden
removed from rank vegetation
considerably mutilated
a seated figure
an erect figure
about the size of a small child

Kimberly Campanello

Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and is now based in Dublin. Her chapbook Spinning Cities was published by Wurm Press in 2011, and her first full-length collection, Consent, was published by Doire Press in May. She recently performed her poems on the sheela-na-gig stone carvings in the National Concert Hall (Dublin), Kaleidoscope Night at the Odessa Club (Dublin), and at the Palau Maricel for Creative Connexions, an Irish/Catalan cultural festival. [Photo: Brian Kavanagh]

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