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My song is more than silhouette: ‘The Lares Series’ at Indelible Literary Journal

My song is more than silhouette: ‘The Lares Series’ at Indelible Literary Journal

The below preamble and poems are excerpted from the Lares Series, composed between April 2020 and November 2020. The entire series can be read (and downloaded) Via Indelible Literary Journal. 'Lares' is dedicated in gratitude to Eavan Boland (1944-2020). The series derives from my current MSS in progress. My most grateful thanks to Roula-Maria Dib [...]

“Echo Box” & other poems by Alison J Barton

Taboo statue You in stone with keynote plaques No motion No utterance Mute like a hall So vast and empty, I was the one filling it writing testimony I didn’t show you You changed me in threes and asked if it was okay You counterpoised I countervail Conveyed; the movement mine the idea that you [...]

“Hospital Sequence” by Isolde Ó’ Brolcháin Carmody

In Sligo Hospital I. On great hills overlooking townsthe infectious houses stand,heads held above miasma.Tumorous growths accruearound poor-house cores;industrial ergonomicsprocess births to deaths,utilising local geographyand gravity for convenient disposal.The entire institutionbased on an increasing gradient.Even sleeping peopleroll around on wheelsthrough esoteric departments -named and arrangedto confuse and exclude. My old houseis a box to keep [...]

Dear Poet, a note

Dear Poet, Thank you for your beautiful work, your emails, and your support over these past twelve years. In particular, I have found solace and wonder in your work throughout this very difficult year of 2020. As you know, this website will close permanently in early 2021. It was a great honour to work with [...]

“From Sleeping to Waking” and other poems by Sofia Bury

“From Sleeping to Waking” and other poems by Sofia Bury

From Sleeping to Waking The white ewer stands,like a mountain’s snowy peakin a pink floral basin.Once used for washing, shaving,now, an object of beauty, Paintings hang on the white wallsA bright red abstract, thickly oiled.A gentle portrait of a young woman,brown hair cascading loosely.Stars dance on her arms,full moon. Hanging on the door,a midnight blue [...]