‘After Rembrandt’s Women’ by Iseult Healy

  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 [...]

“Stagehand” and other poems by Jade Riordan

Old Ink A glass mountain to sip from the laments lost deep in the earth A ladder to climb home again A heap of gold en years through which the light shone in O see the open window rot hurt ribbon of all that had happened O rejoice still We have lived The above poem [...]

“Sundowner” and other poems by Clare McCotter

“Sundowner” and other poems by Clare McCotter

The House The regularly-occurring representation of the human form as a whole is that of the house ~ Sigmund Freud This is my house my place my home first one I ever owned leave now you dirty scum she screams at auxiliaries gripping wrists and raging elbows washing face and neck and shoulders. This is [...]

‘The Scarecrow Christ’ and other poems by Shirley Bell

‘The Scarecrow Christ’ and other poems by Shirley Bell

The Scarecrow Christ The fields are flat and brown, it's hard to think they'll ever stand high with corn, flare with rape again this summer. For now the scarecrows lurch at crazy angles. They trail old coats and rags. Polythene bags flap around the suggestions of their shoulders. And yet the wind lifts their shoddy [...]

‘The Road Taken’ and other poems by Kate Ennals

‘The Road Taken’ and other poems by Kate Ennals

  Cuckoo Before she was mine she drank red wine and spirits With class, in Egypt and Paris An educated forties woman From Wales, aquiline nose, my brother’s eyes Stylish in scarves, tight belt, full skirts, Intelligent. Conversation, politics. A woman of intellect. Studious, serious She pursued kingdoms of change But with each revolution comes [...]