Question Asked Me By Young Woman Who Recently Won A Marathon

Kevin Higgins

And do you run? 
    From the sound of this 
cough, I’m running nowhere
    except out of time. Since 
Mom left to debate the finer points
    with Lady Gregory and William Joyce
– late of Rutledge Terrace 
    and the Third Reich – up there
in the Cemetery; I’m aware,
    for the likes of me, more is gone 
than is to come. 

    I expect, any year now,
to fall off that ladder 
    I never go up, 
to be staring blankly on the path 
    when whoever it is finds me.
 Or one morning in the bathtub 
    to clutch hard both my rubber duck
and my anus, as I’m struck 
    by a terror cold as the North Sea.
Then, slack-jawed, letting go. 
    Everything. All at once.

Page 21, 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.