“Queen Medb Speaks to the Shy Poet” and other poems by Trish Bennett

Connemara Rocks You held me with champagne in a Galway crystal glass. The light fizzed through its facets, and danced a sparkling ring. ‘No dawter of mine’ll be on time, make him wait’  you said. Your brother; our driver, obeyed. We parked at the church, set into the mouth of a bad turn. The blessed […]

“Homage To Kinsale” and other poems by Linda Ibbotson

In the Absence of Boundaries – The Third Movement A note from the other side of silence hangs in mid-air blue. Undefined, intangible, unchartered, neither lengthening nor shortening or pulled by gravity’s umbilical chord. I wonder if the wind will carry it in her wings, perhaps into another realm? Is it transcending, tentatively balanced on […]

“After a deadly aerial engagement, a cup of tea” by Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Past the news of war, you sleep in a litter of cacophony knowing the dead will forever bind their miasma to your hair knot their shrouds to every hook in the house, hem the sound of sirens to your head Between tonight’s brocade sky, inked textile of tomorrow, and tomorrow, there will be an hour […]