Work: Pen and Ink Drawings for a one woman exhibition inspired by the writings of James Joyce with special reference to [bats] and female metamorphosis.[n.b. China’s Bat Woman scientist: Shi zhengli]

BATS by Joyce Garvey

2022 Winner at Cercle Littéraire Irlandais Halloween event, ‘BATS’ inspired by the work of James Joyce & Robert Burns.

Aglay in gloam
an’ cranreuch cauld
baith grasped be her and rooted.
I wad be laith to rin
so backward cast my e’e
blinded be her an canna see
she watches snell an’ keen
wee sleekit demon
earth born critter of the thrave
sniffer of dudst
sucker of living blood
she is in my hair
her wolf eyes gleaming
pins.

Work for a one woman exhibition inspired by the writings of James Joyce with special reference to bats and female metamorphosis .

1. Ecocide


2. Crosswords


The blame is mine
It sits on my shoulders
It is cupped in my crone hands
I am hunter slayer and assassin
The trees know it
The wind howls it out to sea
It is written in sand and stone and earth
The dragonfly hovers it backwards into my deaf ears
Where bees once buzzed their viscid dreams

Joyce Garvey


Why did you lie?

‘Love you. See you tomorrow’
You promised
Neon yellow in the hollow
Of your hospital face

When all the time you knew

In one swipe
Your belongings
Clatter to the tile floor

Blue glasses
Holy medal on a chain
Silver wedding ring
Open magazine
Crossword
One down
Four letters

Joyce Garvey