Autumn Leaves

Damien French
The air’s graze
In a wide clearing
Under a ripe sky.
Hints in the lines 
Of these trees, around me, 
In this windy square.
How the leaves flap  
And tumble 
With useless litter. 
How much have I 
To let drop 
In this wind 
Until I am as kind
As the sunlight
That strikes the bare branches?
Page 60, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 119
Issue 119

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 119:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 119 includes new poems by 48 poets including Frank Ormsby, John Kinsella, Rachel Coventry, Aifric Mac Aodha, Gerald Dawe, Alice Miller and Claire Potter. Also included are translations by Richard Begbie and Kirsten Lodge, an essay on Bishop, Lowell, Heaney and Grennan by David McLoghlin, and reviews of Paul Muldoon, Paul Durcan, Sarah Clancy, Medbh McGuckian, Kate Tempest, George the Poet, and many more. The issue also features photography by Hugh O'Conor, Dominic Turner, Sheila McSweeney, Fergus Bourke and John Minihan.