Nell Regan

One Still Thing


Dimensions: 216 x 135mm
ISBN: 978-1-910392-04-1
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback

One Still Thing

Throughout Nell Regan’s third collection, changes in the material properties of glass, stone, tree and rain parallel transformations in the human body through illness, vocation and fertility, as geographic and emotional territories find points of contact and exchange.

At the centre of the book is ‘Passage’, the story of the migration of an early 20th century Irish woman to the USA. From the vaults of the Federal Gold Reserve to a shell factory in Iowa, tragic conflicts of work, love and fate take place. The final section is formed by a series of love poems, which celebrate a new relationship and turn on possible, imagined futures.



The day shakes out the towel
of its morning on the prairie

where the curious insect
and quaking grass

are poised to listen.


Come, let us raise dust
on dirt roads and later,

when we whisper, muster
a silence that might yet

make flesh of itself.


The tree cups sky
in its palm

as a child suckles
in its shade.


The bed of my afternoon
would willingly

itself for you.

One Still Thing