ink-stained wings

It worries me when visitors come to call

I fear what they would see,

a creature; half-carrion clinging to the cage,

her mouth sprouting ink-stained wings.

– Róisín Leggett Bohan

Róisín Leggett Bohan

Róisín wakes at five and plays with words while the house sleeps. She is a writer of poetry and prose. She was awarded first place for flash fiction with Southword #42, for creative non-fiction with Atlantic Currents II, and was a runner-up in the Martín Crawford Award for short story ’22. Her poems have been commended/shortlisted for awards including the Allingham, Cúirt, Gloucestershire, Hammond House, and MLC Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition. Róisín was chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series ’22 is the co-creator/co-editor of HOWL New Irish Writing and holds an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing from University College Cork ’21. She is also a recipient of an Arts Council Agility Award, a Cork City Artist Bursary, and a Poetry Fellowship with the Munster Literature Centre. Her work often explores the theme of loss and the courage that lies within vulnerability. Her background in film and experiences as a nurse help frame her writing practice. When she is not writing she might be seen holding a dog lead, a paintbrush, or a fine cup of coffee.