“I wanted to read or hear the narrative of someone else – a woman and a poet – who has gone here and been there.” Eavan Boland (1944-2020) Below are short biographies of contemporary women poets who are living, have lived, or who are currently practicing in Ireland. I began collating an index of contemporary […]Continue reading "Contemporary Irish Women Poets"
Image: Salma Ahmad Caller reading beside the artwork ‘Making Den of Sibyl Wren‘. (2018) You can see some of the details from the piece at this link This film includes a sound adaption of ‘Nocturne for Voices One and Two” by Una Lee, a talk by Salma Ahmad Caller about the art for ‘Gold Friend’ and ‘A Hierarchy of Halls’, and the […]Continue reading "‘Gold Friend’ (Turas Press, 2020) 💛"
Anatomy of Love Your hands quiver along the dead roses of the embossed armchair, its towering sides, pillars to the underworld. You spend your days here, an old spectator of trawlers and rust, spilt oil and empty stomachs, pilothouse lights shine miniature homesteads on concrete. I was the first child to soften your world, your […]Continue reading "“Lost” and other poems by Olivia McGill"
Delicious She was no Eve this apple of a woman whose red dress surrounded the flowing flesh of twin hillocks, hung over the ridge of her cheeks to flow down to stocking tops Hot and juicy, easy-peel woman They ate at their pleasure wiped her juice from their jaws munched to the skeletal core […]Continue reading "‘After Rembrandt’s Women’ by Iseult Healy"
The following sequence of poems was composed while in isolation, and are reflections on the pandemic and the enormous changes it has wrought in all our lives. Innocence Christmas was a focal point Creating the inevitable little excitements. Predictable excesses indulged in at the year’s end. It goaded us into domestic frenzy Relaxed our personal […]Continue reading "Poems written in isolation by Mary Agnes Cullen"