Story

Frances Galleymore

Out of the letter slides a folded page.

        Your hand’s so small it struggles
to hold the pencil. Buddleia outside the window.
At our table hatched with scratches
your careful stick-words grow

and from the page fall scarlet walls,
a flag pinned up that’s a puzzle to us
but hides cracks.
        A scent of patchouli
in the breath of candlelight, nights
of dance, reviews and screenings,
publisher parties.
        My retreat to our shared den.
Among Gauloises, ink and mugs,
your monkey and girl toys.

        Refolding the page, I notice cars
nose to tail. The houses fat with paint
look up to a sky raked by black
Mickey Mouse ears listening for Sky

and beyond our road the wars are different.

Page 25, 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.