I wish I could hear god in the shapes
as my brother can.
Above me Snow Geese agglomerate
Small flanks of blue clouds puff their chests
The aperture of evening narrows,
while the continuo
casts its net through the grid of time
on which the geometries
shimmer – it’s like listening to math
while the sky sings.
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 127:
Eavan Boland's Poetry Ireland Review 127 features new poems from such eminent practitioners as Harry Clifton and Vona Groarke, along with the emerging voices of Manuela Moser, Emma Must, and Seán Hewitt, and a first published poem from Sarah O'Neill. Maureen Boyle's poem 'The Nunwell Letter' – written as a commission from the Ireland Chair of Poetry Travel Bursary – is another highlight of the issue, a long poem which gives a compelling voice to Ann Donne, wife of John, the metaphysical poet. Books reviewed include new titles from Nick Laird, Jean Bleakney, Ailbhe Darcy, Damian Smyth, Ciaran Carson, Anne Haverty, and Anamaría Crowe Serrano, along with a comprehensive review by Máirín Nic Eoin of Calling Cards: Ten Younger Irish Poets. This issue also contains eight measured responses in prose to a typically disputatious statement from Patrick Kavanagh as to the regard (or lack thereof) in which poetry is held by the Irish public, in his time and in ours.
There is a special episode of the Words Lightly Spoken podcast to accompany this issue of PIR, presented by Paul Perry, featuring readings and discussion with Seán Hewitt, Jean O'Brien, and Freddie Trevaskis Hoskin: Words Lightly Spoken.