Babies

Emily S Cooper

we are considering franchising
or rather, not franchising

would it be a going concern or
as you like to call it
a growing concern

we construct concepts together
fusion foods like
the Indian/Italian tapas place
that I refuse to eat in

we come up with names
unrelated to our own heritages
a Sushi bar
called ‘Papa Louis’ Taverna’

we consider the costs of such a venture
the exhaustion the fatigue
the sleepless nights worrying
about reviews and profit margins

does the packed main street
really needs another restaurant
even if we have faith in our own cuisine?

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Issue 130

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 130:

Edited by Colette Bryce

Poetry Ireland Review 130, the first issue from editor Colette Bryce, contains new poems from Michael Longley, Tara Bergin, Mícheál McCann, Emily S Cooper, Martina Evans, Gerard Smyth, Julie Morrissy, Afric McGlinchey, and Gabriel Rosenstock, among many others. There's an interview with broadcaster John Kelly on coming out as poet in his middle years, while Doireann Ní Ghríofa provides an extract from A Ghost In The Throat, her essay/memoir about coming-of-age as a poet through the poetry and passion of Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill.

There are 26 titles reviewed in this issue, including new collections from Paul Muldoon, Paddy Bushe, Julie Morrissy, Enda Coyle-Greene, Caitlin Newby, and Peter Sirr, along with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's assessment of the lifetime achievement of the late Dorothy Molloy. Louise Leonard provides the cover art and image insert for this issue, a series of superb etchings from parkland, river, and glade, all safely within 2 kilometres walk of every reader of Poetry Ireland Review