and the whole world
was on it –
that is to say there were people
small and wide-eyed
at the bottom, hanging from drawstring
to buildings, house and sky-scraper
with windows full of cartoon yellow.
Up-string were clouds,
sunny clouds and rainy clouds,
and then birds, planes, balloons –
high-fliers with smiles for
tiny things below.
And at the top, where it drew out
to all of this, was the sun – round
and perfectly bright as a glass light
or the pupil
under a soft closed eyelid.
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117:
Issue 117 includes new poems from over twenty five poets from Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere, along with three new poems by Michael Longley, one of the UK’s foremost contemporary poets. The issue features reviews of more than twenty new poetry collections, including books by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Claudia Rankine, Louise Gluck, Eavan Boland, Dennis O’Driscoll and Dermot Healy. Interviews include a feature on photographer, Seamus Murphy, about collaborating with musician and poet PJ Harvey and poet Eliza Griswold on separate publications, as well as an interview with Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis by Colette Bryce. Colour plates include photography by Seamus Murphy and artwork by Niamh Flanagan.