Trumpet Issue 9 and Poetry Ireland Review 132 now available from Poetry Ireland

14th December 2020

Poetry Ireland is delighted to have published, just in time for Christmas, the latest issue of its literary pamphlet, Trumpet, and the winter edition of Poetry Ireland Review 132.  

Trumpet 9, with a theme of ‘Fear and Release’ is guest-edited by poet, writer and arts manager Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan.  

“I am honoured to be the first guest editor of Poetry Ireland’s Trumpet,” said Chandrika. “In this issue, poetry is discussed through the lenses of parenthood, game development, activism, theatre, migration, and what ‘home’ means to our writers, when home can be both sanctuary and prison.  

“Lockdown inspired the theme ‘Fear and Release’, and it has been a joy to see the responses to this theme, especially from such a variety of brilliant, and often underrepresented, artistic voices. These artists have demonstrated that poetry is the fabric of all disciplines, and part of all our stories.” 

The literary pamphlet contains reflections, plus book reviews, a comic strip, wonderful poems, and stunning lockdown photos from Ruth Medjber. The full list of contributors includes Viviana Fiorentino, Maria McManus, Llaura Ash McGee,Tapasya Narang, Polina Cosgrave, Adam Trodd, Abby Oliveira, Liz Quirke, Young Patrick McDonagh, Siobhán Twomey, Nithy Kasa, Debbie Jenkinson, Áine O’Hara, Seán Hewitt, BeRn, Evgeny Shtorn, Osaro Azams, Francesca LaMorgia, and Vikki Pinkerton.  

Poetry Ireland Review 132 is the third issue under the editorship and strong vision of poet and writer Colette Bryce.  

It features memorable new work from Denise Riley, Kayo Chingonyi, Luke Morgan, Katie Donovan, Nick Laird, and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, among many other excellent poets. Books reviewed include Seán Hewitt's Tongues of Fire, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín's The Talk of The Town, Bhanu Kapil’s How To Wash a Heart, and The Historians, the incomparable Eavan Boland's valedictory collection.  

The issue also features Ailbhe Darcy's perceptive analysis of Documentary poetry in performance, focussing on Kimberly Campanello's MOTHERBABYHOME; while Emily S Cooper connects two father figures – her own father and the Irish-American poet Michael Donaghy – through their shared love of traditional music; and Adam Wyeth conducts an interview with poet and dreamworker Paula Meehan, to mark the publication of her Selected Poems.  

Kathy Tynan is this issue's featured artist: her domestic workstations and solitary suburban scenes perfectly capture the zeitgeist for this end-of-year issue.  Her painting, featured on the cover of the Review, is currently on display in the National Gallery of Ireland until 21 March 2021 as part of the Zurich Portrait Prize 2020 exhibition. 

Published three times a year, Poetry Ireland Review includes the work of both emerging and established Irish and international poets, essayists, critics and visual artists. It has a strong domestic and international subscription base and is also on sale in leading bookshops in Ireland and the UK, and as a single issue purchase from the Poetry Ireland website

Trumpet 9 is available from selected stockists or to buy from the Poetry Ireland website