A Celebration of Poetry for International Women’s Day 2020

A Celebration of Poetry for International Women’s Day 2020

Papyrus Fragment It darts, bares a blaze of underwing to plain sight; this endless fragile need to make a mark, to come to light Papyrus Fragment is © Annette Skade   'Secrets of a cartographer’s wife' by Katrina Dybzynska The cartographer’s wife never told him about her contributions to his maps. A few tiny islands [...]

Un incontro / An encounter and other poems by Viviana Fiorentino, translated by Maria McManus

Poet's Note These poems that I submitted are a part of my experience as a volunteer in an immigrant detention centre in Northern Ireland. They were written in Italian and translated into English by the poet Maria McManus. The English language versions appear beneath the poems.                    [...]

A Celebration of Women’s Poetry on International Women’s Day 2019

A Celebration of Women’s Poetry on International Women’s Day 2019

Image: Srilata Krishnan Poethead has been celebrating the achievements of women writers, editors and translators for over a decade. International Women's Day 2019 is no exception. This year I have decided to highlight the work of women poets from my international index and to introduce my readers to some new Irish poets. I am very [...]

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 [...]

“Something for Sunday Morning” by Maria McManus

Something for Sunday morning If you took a chance And let those plates stop spinning, Stuck your hands in your pockets Or your fingers in your ears And stepped back – What would happen then? After all that clatter And when the shreds – All the broken pieces Were shovelled up Wrapped away carefully And [...]