Free Ireland shipping on orders over €25 | Free Worldwide shipping on orders over €45

Audio and Video

Salmon Poetry

The Next Best Thing

is the aroma-therapy candle in the bathroom at the end
of a car-burning estate,
the instinct to breathe in, suspend
judgement and keep the (above all lowercase) faith —

metaphysics of streetlights coming on
gradually, each flicker like an echoey cough,
pink at first as the rosy winter dawn
that will see them off —

finding we are each other’s 
strangers who stop in their tracks in the night 
to stoop and kneel and murmur 
to another: ‘It’s alright love, it’s alright’ —  

Copyright © Mark Granier 2017

Follow us on Instagram


Contact us

Salmon Poetry / The Salmon Bookshop
& Literary Centre,
9 Parliament Street,
County Clare,

Arts Council
Credit Cards