Poems from ‘The Wren is Near’- ‘An Dreoilín in ár Measc’ by Ashley O’Neal

Poems from ‘The Wren is Near’- ‘An Dreoilín in ár Measc’ by Ashley O’Neal

The Tale of the Vulnerable The line at the beginning Of the old tale comes from the lips Of the beggar king as he waits In the doorway of old myth, His crown beside him is all rusted and worn. The day breathes a sadness and A wonder that only children of old know. The [...]

“Beochaoineadh Máthar Maoise” and other poems by Ellen Nic Thomás

Beochaoineadh Máthar Maoise A dhílleachta linbh gan ainm, gan athair, Do chraiceann ar aondath le humha an nathair, A lúbann timpeall do thaobhán uiríseal, Mar bhata ceannródaí is sníomhanna sisil. Is trua liom ciseán do dhóchas a fhíochán, Do dhán a chaitheamh i bpoll an duibheagáin, D’eiseadh a chruthú ar bhunús baill séire, ‘Nois tá [...]

“Considering Their Pale Faces” and other poems by Erin Wilson

“Considering Their Pale Faces” and other poems by Erin Wilson

Seed tōgarashi / omoikonasaji / mono no tane the red pepper / I do not belittle / seedlings ~ Bashō I keep a chestnut in the breast pocket of my secondhand leather jacket. When I picked it I thought of (I don't know why) my mother. The last time my first husband and I made [...]

“Birth Mother” and Other Poems by Srilata Krishnan

“Birth Mother” and Other Poems by Srilata Krishnan

Birth Mother We are standing in front of the mirror, my daughter and I, brushing our hair and being vain when I think of the doctor’s question: “What was her birth cry like?” I don’t know and never will. She is fine, or will be, I know. But looking in the mirror and into her [...]

‘Cigarettes on Grey Street’ and other poems by Julie Hogg

‘Cigarettes on Grey Street’ and other poems by Julie Hogg

Cigarettes on Grey Street corner seem appropriate. You’re telling me you’re a Redsmith for a contemporary gallery and some northern university or another, while assuming me up and down. I’m wearing a plastic red mac and nude heels with slack slingbacks lacking any firm ankle support but more than adept at softly killing wet pavements. [...]