Dermot Hurley: Here be Monsters

It hangs like a terrible tapestry

In the throne room of your house

You receive your exalted guests

Beneath its colorful folds,

Less blue and green than pastel shades

But the swirls of cartographic art

Embed in my mind the legend

‘Here be monsters’

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Biography

Dermot (Diarmaid) Hurley is an aspiring (read unpublished) poet, former professional bodhrán player (other instruments are available), and a language enthusiast from County Sligo. After a few years living in the artistic hub that is Galway city, writing as Gaeilge, and a brief stint in Dublin, Dermot relocated to sunny Valencia, on the east coast of Spain, where he lives with his partner and baby son, writing in whatever language comes closest (which means lots of bad Spanish rhyme).

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