Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce is a poet from Northern Ireland. She has published five collections with Picador including The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004) and Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008). The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), which draws on her experience of growing up in Derry during the Troubles, was shortlisted for the Costa and Forward prizes and received a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems (2017) was a PBS Special Commendation and winner of the Pigott Prize for Irish poetry. Colette is the current editor of Poetry Ireland Review. Her new collection, The M Pages, was published by Picador in 2020.

Colette Bryce

Photo: Sophie Davidson


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The quietness in rooms suspends
like throngs of weightless polystyrene balls,
closely but not densely packed,

so that, advancing,
you enter an electric caress
as it parts and closes around you.

How would you breathe?
A flaw in the dream? Perhaps
you could don a snorkel mask – and only this –
as you swim through the silk molecular bliss
of your living room, exulting
in the morning.

Colette Bryce

From The M Pages (Picador, 2020)
Reproduced with permission of the Licensor through PLSclear