Like a spider shuttling

the afternoon has shifted

between major and minor,

a timid warmth,

cold kept at bay,

the friction of something frayed.


A pattern forms

on the loom of emptiness.




Ted Mc Carthy lives and teaches in Clones, Ireland. His work has appeared in magazines in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Austria and Germany. He has had two collections published, November Wedding and Beverly Downs. He is currently working on a third collection, as well as a series of translations.




Image by Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz. Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is a writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She (infrequently) blogs about her creative life at wwwonewriter.blogspot.com.