Poems from “Some Lives” by Leeanne Quinn

Poems from “Some Lives” by Leeanne Quinn

Cave of the Firbolg  (Nano Reid, oil on board) Not even a trespass of sky to compromise the dark  where blood beats in the body of the heart.  Nobody thinks, Why do we do this?  The nervous system ferries its thin shards of glass  down among the clay, where the blunt flint of the soul [...]

“In Rivers” and other poems by Alison McCrossan

Sunray Here you cast your dazzling eye through clouds ruptured on surging waters, where in winds on a mission across skies born of voids words were loaded: let me out; crowns of heaving leaves spilled trees, turned them upside down, a splay of tangled guts, and spat out the despair of the years in a [...]

‘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 [...]

A Celebration of Irish women poets on Bloomsday 2020

A Celebration of Irish women poets on Bloomsday 2020

'Words Like Stars' by Roisin Ní Neachtain How they flow unformed Then fix themselves like the stars Shivering and held up Worshipped And I And they Staggering and squawking Sweating and squabbling Night and day Wobbling words Singing Dust Dust Dust Corrosive mantles Wrought to a stain Stain us Stain the water to the earth [...]

“Children of Agent Orange” and other poems by Asma Zulfiqar

Mythical Night Oh Night, Oh Calm and Mythical Night, Have you not seen the moon? How bright! 'Tis not the sun but the twilight, To the earth holding tight. How soothing! Cool and warm in winter’s night, Calling it the noon, ‘‘tis all right’’ See the stars twinkling at height, A moth gently flying around [...]