Before I Can Walk Again

Kate Noakes
I do not remember how many 
pairs of boots are in the wardrobe 
or how many need re-heeling
or the number of summer dresses I own 
that actually fit, or before you no longer 
wanted to, the number of nights 
you slept in my bed.
I don’t recall the number of hours 
I can stare out of the window 
at pigeons and crows, or the weeks 
the Pantheon’s been scaffolded 
and sheeted, or how many nights 
I’ve listened to music to herald sleep
or how many I’ve not.
I don’t remember the number 
of socks and earrings 
I’ve lost, or necklaces I’ve broken 
or how long the nights 
I’ve slept alone
or, how long those nights 
I will sleep, alone.
Page 82, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 120
Issue 120

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 120:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke's final issue as editor is packed with new poems from leading contemporary poets, including Simon Armitage, Sinéad Morrissey, Colette Bryce, Paul Muldoon, Sean O'Brien and Caitríona O'Reilly. Books reviewed include new work from Derek Mahon, Bernard O'Donoghue, Rita Ann Higgins, Martina Evans, Denise Riley and the 2016 Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo. The centrepiece of the issue is an interview with Paul Muldoon in which the Armagh maestro shares his thoughts on subjects as diverse as public surveillance, the economic down-turn, and the exclamation mark. The cover image is by photographer Justyna Kielbowicz, and the issue also contains award-winning artwork from Sven Sandberg, Aoife Dunne, Jane Rainey, and Michelle Hall. Instead of an editorial, Vona herself answers the questionnaire she put to the contributors of Poetry Ireland Review Issue 118: The Rising Generation.