‘The Irish Slave’ by Ian Duhig

    It is the Night of Power and the puppeteers are playing Kara Guez, Martyr to Chastity. Nubian Grooms are breaking cameleopards. Janissaries reline their cloaks with lynx fur. Sultan Mahmoud shows off his new French wife on a caïque drawn by jewelled fish. These fan the Bosphorus like a wedding train with an escort of heartbroken gulls. The pirates came down on Baltimore … Continue reading ‘The Irish Slave’ by Ian Duhig