Pauline Fayne was born in Dublin in 1954 and left school when she was fifteen. She now lives in Tallaght and was a founder member of The Clothesline Writers' Group and of The Clothesline Press, a community publishing group.
Many of her poems have been included in anthologies over the years, most notably in "Four Urban Voices" from the Raven Arts Press, "Between the Circus and the Sewer", "The White Page" by Salmon Publishing, and in "Poets Aloud Abu". Her first collection, "Journey", was published in 1979 by the Sheveck Press. Her collection, "Killer of Fishes", continues the trend she established in her first collection, that of biting satirical wit coupled with thoughtful insight into the human condition.
Her work has also been broadcast on RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, and on several European Radio stations.
Her third collection ,'I'm Fine Really'was published in March 2005 by StoneBridge Publications
The Dublin launch of
'Mowing in the dark'
New and selected poems published by Revival Press , Limerick
will take place in The Irish Writers Centre ,Parnell Square at
7.30p.m. on Monday the 20th June 2011. All welcome
"Killer of Fishes"
Unseen among streaming willows
the girl watches,
probing the man's shaded profile.
In the town they say,
"He's a womans man."
But when he raises
glass and voice in song
their words are hollowed.
She moves silently closer
watching his gentle hands
lift blooded hook
from gleam-gashed mouth,
and patiently plans
their "accidental meeting",
imagining his male-scented touch,
and wondering which bait appeals
to a killer of fishes.