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Alvy Carragher

"She has the gist, but not the knack,

the gist is building with bravery

to take a tree stripped of all its dignity,

then put it back together tenderly."             

A young woman wakes feeling raw and tender after a one-night stand. She leaves a strange man sleeping in her bed and goes running. Marked by the anxiety of living in a city that does not feel like home, she must face the men and memories kept under her bed.

Book cover for the men I keep under my bed

The men I keep under my bed

"as if no generation can kill the ghosts of the last
as if we're all buried with them
and their dirt is trapped between our teeth
forming the sleep in our eyes"

About me

Born in 1989, I'm an Irish poet who lives, works and writes in Toronto. Originally, I grew up in Ireland along the River Shannon in both Galway and Tipperary. I've since lived in Louisiana, Dublin, and South Korea before moving to Canada in 2018, where I'm now a citizen.

I've published two books of poetry and a novel.  My work has been archived  by the National Poetry Archive in Ireland, and my third full-length poetry books is set to be published in 2024. It received the generous support of the Irish Arts Council's Literature Bursary Award in 2022. 

I write about many things, and my concerns tend to vary from poem to poem. Often my poetry circles wider themes of myth, power, family, nature, ordinary beauty, trauma, spirituality and healing.

Portrait of poet Alvy Carragher

Land Acknowledgement for Toronto

As Canada works towards reconciliation, it's important to acknowledge that the land referred to as Toronto has been home to the Huron-Wendat, the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. It is still home to many Indigenous people. There is a need for each of us as individuals and as a society to strive to renew our relationship with indigenous people respectfully, honouring their culture, spirituality, history and their stewardship of this land.


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Book cover mini | falling in love with broken things
Small version book cover of the cantankerous molly darling

The men I keep under my bed


Falling in love with broken things


The Cantankerous Molly Darling

(Novel for children/YA)

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