‘The Writing Desk’ and other poems by Sinéad McClure

‘The Writing Desk’ and other poems by Sinéad McClure

Subsidence I'm of the age now That's how my GP put it as he half muttered something about female hormones leaving my body I imagined them packing their bags happily, looking forward to exploring better terrain, cooler plains. They don't leave quietly there is a deep boom sounding in me loud enough to raise heckles [...]

‘The Rosemary’ on Poetry File – RTÉ (Podcast)

'The Rosemary' She said that Aisling let her cut the sprigs. It is 3.15 p.m, it is Thursday, I am examining two rosemary sprigs their blue-green, their silver underlight. She is stripping the small base leaves from a third, tapping its heel, putting it in a glass of crystal-clear-water for planting out with the roses [...]

“Harbour’s Mouth” and other poems by Annette Skade

Threnody I know why the sea churns. A woman gets the news, drops to the chair, floor - further, the quick in her bleeds out. She is liquid now, leaching away, this hour, this day, day-on-day. At the back of her eyes a face ebbs and flows: his lop-sided smile makes room for her touch, [...]

“The shame of our island” and other poems by Siobhán Campbell

The shame of our island is that we killed the wolf. Not just the last but the two before that. I knew a man who met a man who was the cousin removed of the great-grandson of the man who killed the third-last wolf on the island. Slit it he did, to see the steaming [...]

‘Fugue’ and other poems by Chelsea Dingman

‘Fugue’ and other poems by Chelsea Dingman

British Columbia Pastoral   September: almost snow. White sheets across the sky, the fields. How strange   the frost, feral over desert hills. Sage brush caught in the cattle’s   teeth. The river cuts a swath where I am trying to tell you about grass   that presses up through the ground without urging. About [...]