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‘The Last Fire’ and other Poems by Helen Harrison

CROSSROADS   Nineteen forty-five was like that Free-wheeling to the crossroads; Fifteen miles later; her own birth-place; Travelling was the best part, the wind at her back, A greeting ahead. News from home….   Roaming the familiar lanes, sisters Continuous chatter; away from the Clatter of feeding hungry hens, pigs and Cows. She could roam without children, For a day: To pause for some rest.   A small slip of time away from the chores That shaped her life. No sooner had the Ceili begun, it was time for the door: among Promises to write, feeling satisfied to have rested Those tired limbs. She’d set off, her frame;   Feeling heavier, cycling up hills, the thrill Of the annual visit finished; her spirit slightly Diminished, yet younger. She’d relay through letters, How when she got back to the crossroads….the First thing she’d hear; to spoil her wonder   Were her pigs squealing with the hunger..   PASSING SUNSETS   Evening, and there is nothing To tempt me indoors.   Warmed from a day spent in …

‘The Dream Clock’ and other visual poetry by Susan Connolly

Susan Connolly’s first collection of poetry For the Stranger was published by the Dedalus Press in 1993. She was awarded the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry in 2001. Her second collection Forest Music was published by Shearsman Books in 2009. Shearsman published her chapbook The Sun-Artist: a book of pattern poems in 2013. She lives in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

What Kind of Love Leaves a Cunt-scar? by Chris Murray

What Kind of Love Leaves a Cunt-scar ? the bee-sting I arise to close the heavy window against cold fog and her woods are littered with little death of sucked out corpses and dessicate(d) fruit flies and I feel the scar snaking ridged against and spider scatters into her charnel house fast-as-light and her webs are an ocean of exoskeletons   © Chris Murray, a version if this poem appeared in And Agamemnon Dead: An Anthology Of Early Twenty First Century Irish Poetry.The official launch of the anthology will be take place in Skerries, Ireland on the 23rd May during the Donkey Shots, Skerries First International Avant Garde Poetry Festival Christine Murray is a graduate of Art History and English Literature (UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4). She is a City and Guilds qualified restoration stonecutter (OPW). Her chapbook Three Red Things was published by Smithereens Press in June 2013. A collection of poems Cycles was published by Lapwing Press in Autumn 2013 . A dark tale The Blind was published by Oneiros Books late in 2013. Her …

‘Crystal Clear’ and other poems by Eileen T O’Neill

Crystal Clear   She sits alone within her own cocoon, Shrouded from her entire surroundings. Eyes stare without seeing today’s world, The sound of talking is silent in her mind. Her crystal lamp is abandoned from care, All belongings are deserted from attention. Her perspective is internally facing forever, Her gaze is transparent in its sad emptiness. This journey is taken in isolation and alone, Farewells too late as her departure had gone. Her dementia deteriorated in a sneaky fashion, Only memories enliven her past participation.   © Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 20/02/2015   Solitude’s Soliloquy   Loneliness is an outpost endured, Alone in isolation bereft of friends. A far flung niche deserted in tundra, Or lost in the coldness of city living. It shrouds demeanour and self-belief, Belonging is seemingly for all others. Unattached except for wishful dreaming, Solitude does not placate a lonely mind. Seclusion is at times a necessity of desire, Its calmness affords tranquillity to muse. Reflections gaze and ponder their silences, In this solitudinous mode one draws breaths. A soliloquy …

AND AGAMEMNON DEAD : An Anthology of Early Twenty First Century Irish Poetry

Originally posted on Michael J. Whelan – Writer:
And Agamemnon DeadAn Anthology of Early Twenty First Century Irish PoetryEdited by Peter O’Neill & Walter Ruhlmann Hi everyone, I’m really happy to announce that a brand new anthology of contemporary Irish poetry has been published today (St Patrick’s Day) in Paris and I am also delighted to say that I have five poems included in the collection alongside a number of exciting and interesting new voices coming out of Ireland in the these early years of the 21st Century. And Agamemnon Dead An Anthology of Early Twenty First Century Irish Poetry, Edited by Peter O’Neill & Walter Ruhlmann is published by Muavaise Graine (Paris 2015) – see https://www.facebook.com/mgversion2datura and among its 187 pages you will find poetry from Michael McAloran — Amos Greig — Dylan Brennan — Christine Murray — Arthur Broomfield — Peter O’ Neill — Rosita Sweetman — Michael J. Whelan — Anamaría Crowe Serrano — Peadar O’ Donoghue — Strider Marcus Jones — Colm Kearns — John Saunders — Kevin Higgins — Paul Casey…