DS Maolalai: August 2019 Poet of the Month
Photo: Joanna C. Valente

Photo: Joanna C. Valente

The new place.


it's a lot like wearing

someone else's

jacket. I put up

a couple of pictures.

move the chairs

to new positions

and restock the fridge. my clothes

grow more comfortable

on the floor.

I figure out

the shower

and the heating. figure out

where the shops

and bars are. I get a radio

and coathangers - get something


to clean

the strange stains. like a homesteader

I cut back branches

kill wolves

and turn woods

into meadow. get used

to the three am sounds.


it takes its shape

around me. 

DS Maolalai is a poet from Ireland who has been writing and publishing poetry for almost 10 years. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press, and he has a second collection forthcoming from Turas Press in 2019. He has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize.