than a clapboard cabinet on a cord,
drawn by string and whim. Like its sisters,
it see-saws up and down the slopes of Valparaiso.
In this land of cobbled alleys and painted streets,
it grinds a path from ocean to hilltop houses.
Inside, graffiti marks the small, scarred room
where teenagers with penknives once gouged
LOVE. The narrow door opens
and lets more passengers on – children, grandchildren.
The rope that bears such weight grows weak with age,
but every day, it lifts people up the hills and down again.
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 114:
This issue of Poetry Ireland Review includes 45 new poems & reviews of 28 recent books, including poems by Adam White, Gavan Duffy, Sarah Sala, Matthew Sweeney, Eamon Grennan, Annie Elizabeth Wiles, Peter Sirr and Doireann Ní Ghríofa; alongside Philip Coleman’s essay ‘John Berryman at 100’ and reviews of Brendan Kennelly, Rita Kelly, Maul Muldoon, Seán Lysaght and Sinéad Morrisey.