East Pier

Not a bad day today
by all accounts. Little bits
of mist hang above
our encampments –
villas wedged into cliff face,
the grand terraces
overlooking the bay;
an older order of things.
Along with the sprightly
there’s one or two giving
out on the latest iPhones
unassuageable complaint.
I keep to the east pier
under this cold blanket
of sky, patches of mist
like smoke from a fire.
Page 86, 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.