Among the poets featured in Poetry Ireland Review 133, edited by Colette Bryce, are Mícheál McCann, Áine Ní Ghlinn, Damian Smyth, Michael Longley, Majella Kelly, and Maria Stepanova, the acclaimed Russian poet, translated here by Sasha Dugdale.
Poets Liz Quirke, Seán Hewitt, and Mark Ward talk with Sasha de Buyl about queer poetry in Ireland, past and present; Hugh Haughton assesses the rich legacy in poetry gifted to us by the late Derek Mahon; and six poets, including Frank Farrelly, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, and Victoria Kennefick, reflect on their route to a first collection. Books reviewed include new collections from Geraldine Mills, Paula Meehan, and Greg Delanty, plus a round-up review of new pamphlets.
Poem of the week
In the hallway of our 50s semi
my folks stand, radiant,
because, I say, You’re dead now.
You know that, don’t you? Here,
come forward; Dad you too,
just a few steps nearer the mirror
framed above your half-moon
telephone table, and side by side
see how your faces glow
now you’re no longer alive
behind the rattly door
that opens to the path which you,
Mum, lined so artfully
with sea-worn pebbles