Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourneabbey, Co Cork. Her first collection of poetry titled Continuity Errors was published in 2010, and a novel titled the Quest for Lost Éire, in 2014. Her poetry has been published in Southword; Narrator International; Third Point Press, Revival Journal; Seventh Quarry; Hesterglock Press; The Quarryman; Unlikely Stories; and Otherwise Engaged. A further collection of poetry, titled Outstanding Balance, is scheduled for publication in June of 2020. She was the featured poet in the inaugural edition of Fishbowl Magazine, and is a regular attendee at the O Bheal poetry night in Cork city.
Barred for Less
The authentic sunrise gloats in its white sugar
Being declared useless by its solid crew
Effort ground to a halt parking loosely
Cracking onto formality brainchild's perception.
Steadied by the lamppost, picking at the signs
Born into literature, the censure awaiting
Rested and fed, no-on else paying the bills
Studied into a corner none can relate to.
Disliking a vacuum, paid where the event has gone
Fattened insecurities gorge at useless scripts
Calculating destinations through solemn diatribes
Gifted into accepted the well-dressed give.
Dissecting cancer while you still can
Blurred into recognition, fucked up regardless,
Western food gluts the system throughout
Scribbling down the back for favours received.
Always finding duds, and howlers at that
Non sequiturs rising with a common song
Cleaning through sensitivities that karma missed
No right being here, going to an audience.
Dead in living memory, freedom of income,
Declared useless by proxy, eaten by sound,
Consistent, protesting little, futile aggregate
Killer lines carry on walking through dirt.