“Thrushes In The Rowan Tree” and other poems by Maureen Boyle

“Thrushes In The Rowan Tree” and other poems by Maureen Boyle

Christmas Box There is honey and chocolate on our doorstep since Christmas—sweet box and coral flower— one on either side. The heuchera with ruffled cocoa-coloured leaves hunkers in the corner but the sarcococca or sweet box is where we step inside by design so that on nights as dark as winter and full of storm [...]

Poems from ‘Available Light’ by Maria McManus

Poems from ‘Available Light’ by Maria McManus

from 'Émigrés' 3. What is going on in your heart? Prisoners of war live here Throw off your gaudy vestments, spring's best and brightest fig and let me see you naked and then, more naked still — Put your heart in my hearts cavity. Slip it in. Bring your worry beads if needs be. It's not [...]

‘Prime’ and other poems by Peggie Gallagher

‘Prime’ and other poems by Peggie Gallagher

Parlour   A bolthole, a room half elsewhere adrift in distant grandeur, where breath condenses between damask drapes and the wing of a mahogany table. Where an ear might catch the scratch of a pen, a girl trawling the depths of an inkwell pouring words, slippery as a river of fish spilling loose of their [...]

‘I Saw Beckett The Other Day’ and other poems by Órfhlaith Foyle

‘I Saw Beckett The Other Day’ and other poems by Órfhlaith Foyle

Photograph of Her Brother’s Skull   They give you to me, a numbered skull from a high shelf and in my hand you are a strange brute thing – a thing I hardly see -my brother.   The clean smooth bone of you - the whole of you no longer with me. In this room [...]

“Eavan Boland: Inside History” Edited by Nessa O’Mahony and Siobhan Campbell

The death of Eavan Boland (1944-2020) occurred on 27/04/2020 in Dublin, Ireland. Condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. You can read a collation of tributes and obituaries to Eavan at this link. EAVAN BOLAND INSIDE HISTORY (Arlen House, 2016) Eavan Boland: Inside History, a new volume of essays and poems in response to the [...]