“Gorse Fire” and other poems by Myra Vennard

“Gorse Fire” and other poems by Myra Vennard

Gorse Fire (The people is grass)                              (from the Scriptures) Above the ancient friary ruin —wind blown — downfrom the mountain  — smoke —(no shrouding mist)against a scorching sun. Flames of fireburst and run across the pathafter my tardy footprint. Was it [...]

Contemporary Irish Women Poets

Contemporary Irish Women Poets

"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 [...]

“Hospital Sequence” by Isolde Ó’ Brolcháin Carmody

In Sligo Hospital I. On great hills overlooking townsthe infectious houses stand,heads held above miasma.Tumorous growths accruearound poor-house cores;industrial ergonomicsprocess births to deaths,utilising local geographyand gravity for convenient disposal.The entire institutionbased on an increasing gradient.Even sleeping peopleroll around on wheelsthrough esoteric departments -named and arrangedto confuse and exclude. My old houseis a box to keep [...]

“Moss” and other poems by Niamh Twomey

Homing Salmon Under the gush of shower water your greying skin flails. In your mind you wade back to the brook, the water icy even in summer, your seven siblings balancing on the pebbled belly of the River Fergus, suds in your hair, brothers dunking you under, ice forming in your brain, penetrating your veins, [...]

Poems from “Venus in Pink Marble” by Gaynor Kane

  Window weather The Icelanders have a word that means just that.A murky day that you know is betterenjoyed from the comfort of a window seat;soft mizzle cleansing leaves shiny and bright. When webs become crystal dreamcatchers,or perfect drops form on the telephone linesand slide slowly down like the oilon the wire of the indoor [...]