It Was For This by Kevin Higgins

It Was For This     That Queen Maeve prepared for battle by angrily shaving her armpits with a razor   improvised from north Fermanagh shale. For this W.B. Yeats took all that   experimental Viagra, and waited for the consequences to grow. For this   Archbishop McQuaid rolled naked through fields of Lavender.  …

Poetry: The Goose Tree by Moyra Donaldson

The Goose Tree   ‘There are likewise here many birds called barnacles, which nature produces in a wonderful manner, out of her ordinary course.’ -Topographia Hibernia, Gerald of Wales   There are certain trees whereon shells grow, white-coloured, tending to russet.   Each shell contains a little living creature; like the first line of a…