Epiphany

Breda Spaight
Why weren’t you more fuckin’ careful?
Didn’t you know it wasn’t safe, like?
Are you sure? Like, maybe there’s a mistake?
I mean, you’re not getting younger, y’know.
Things change, don’t they, like? A mistake.
I mean to say, there’re things women can do.
Like, like . . . Another fuckin’ mouth to feed!
Things. You know? Women can do. 
 
It’s hard for her to remember him young.
To remember any of them. All hot hands;
come with me. When he asked to walk her home,
she liked his green eyes. He’ll do.
 
The radio was playing Down by the Salley Gardens,
and all the boys from her parish were taking the boat.
Page 60, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124
Issue 124

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Poetry Ireland Review 124 contains new poems from Paula Meehan, Ciarán O'Rourke, Lizzy Nichols, Mark Ward, Gabriel Rosenstock, Özgecan Kesici, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and many other compelling voices. Also included is Eilean Ni Chuilleanáin's remembrance of her Cork childhood, excerpted from The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, a book of essays reviewed in issue 124 by Caitríona O'Reilly. Other books considered in this issue include collections from Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Mark Granier, Tara Bergin, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets, and the Collected Poems of the late Dennis O'Driscoll, and there's also a short interview with Thomas Kinsella along with an essay on Kinsella as poet and civil servant. Another Kinsella is this issue’s Featured Poet, Alice Kinsella, and all artwork for the issue is supplied by artists associated with the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Great Denmark Street, around the corner from Poetry Ireland.

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