Renovation

John Wedgewood Clarke

The chisel stuns the brick and rings the hand.
Clink, relax. Clink, relax. Loose mortar landslides

more and more, the arguments of rain and soot 
slumping into the memory of a hearth, bird bones 

and black sand. The room releases its breath. 
Air sucks at the match. The way is clear between 

inside and out. A dove on the chimney pot
broods in the blackened throat, the ear a nest. 

Page 27, 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.