Paula Meehan wins Pigott Poetry Prize 2024

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Paula Meehan has won the 2024 Pigott Poetry Prize for her latest collection of poems, The Solace of Artemis, published in November 2023.

THE SOLACE OF ARTEMIS

I read that every polar bear alive today has mitochondrial DNA
from a common mother, an Irish brown bear who once
roved out across the last ice age, and I am comforted.
It has been a long hot morning with the children of the machine,

their talk of memory, of buying it, of buying it cheap, but I,
memory keeper by trade, scan time coded in the golden hive mind
of eternity. I burn my books, I burn my whole archive:
a blaze that sears, synapses flaring cell to cell where

memory sleeps in the wax hexagonals of my doomed and melting comb.
I see him loping towards me across the vast ice field
to where I wait in the cave mouth, dreaming my cubs about the den,
my honied ones, smelling of snow and sweet oblivion.

for Catriona Crowe

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