After all these Night Buses

Armel Dagorn

through the Andes we forget
some hotels don’t barrel down
mountainsides and then creep up
when the world rises again.
In the drowned glow of the odd
village street lamp or moon ray
through curtains we compare,
to pass the time, the companies,
the best buses where stewards
dish out airplane fare
on plastic trays, and synthetic
blankets to keep us warm
and entertained, their static 
electric feel turning our fingertips
into fireflies, and the others, 
in which the cold wind reaches us
through cracks, and sheep and chicken
coop in the hold, herded in
with our backpacks, making us
feel like we’re the last
Noahs in the world, aiming
for the shelter of summits
Incas once believed were gods. 

Page 10, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117
Issue 117

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Issue 117 includes new poems from over twenty five poets from Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere, along with three new poems by Michael Longley, one of the UK’s foremost contemporary poets. The issue features reviews of more than twenty new poetry collections, including books by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Claudia Rankine, Louise Gluck, Eavan Boland, Dennis O’Driscoll and Dermot Healy. Interviews include a feature on photographer, Seamus Murphy, about collaborating with musician and poet PJ Harvey and poet Eliza Griswold on separate publications, as well as an interview with Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis by Colette Bryce. Colour plates include photography by Seamus Murphy and artwork by Niamh Flanagan.