I am taking him for granted,
this bull-headed man
with his eyes glittery blind.
Look at me, almost death-masked, supine,
my body twisted mawkishly
by his brute thirst and scorching hands.
He is my Asterion, starry guide,
his horns my waxing waning crescents.
I am his labyrinthine maze,
his toreador he will devour.
Look at his grimace over my pubis,
his nostrils overwhelmed by my scent.
He cannot help himself.
And I have cut the thread.
There are trees scratched into the distance. The sky is blazing.
Fire? Sunset? Dawn?
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 121:
Eavan Boland's first issue as editor of Poetry Ireland Review aims to encourage a conversation about poetry which is 'noisy and fractious certainly ... but a conversation nevertheless that can be thrilling in its reach and commitment'. There are new poems from Thomas McCarthy, Jean Bleakney, Wendy Holborow, Paul Perry, Aifric Mac Aodha, and many others, while the issue also includes work from Brigit Pegeen Kelly, with an accompanying essay on the poet by Eavan Boland. Eavan Boland also offers an introduction to the work of poet Solmaz Sharif, while there are reviews of the latest books from Simon Armitage, Peter Sirr, Lo Kwa Mei-en, and Vona Groarke, among others. PIR 121 also includes Theo Dorgan's elegiac tribute to his friend John Montague – a canonical poet, in contrast to the emerging poets Susannah Dickey, Conor Cleary and Majella Kelly, who contribute new work and will also read for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series as part of ILFD 2017.