Epithalamium

Eva Isherwood-Wallace

By ferry on a soft foil sea,
we crossed water
together and laughed
about leaving each other
to drown.

The lough dreamt the monastery
which lies half-remembered
now, in waking,
and I am adjusting
the frame again to capture you
in my coat
and in my shoes.

Every ruin is a wind chime,
and here we are:
our epithalamium
which tastes like a new type of metal
forged from street lights
switching on,
their red lozenges
glowing sickly,
sweet iron.

We stay up all night
god-talking
and saying goodbye to the twenties
we haven’t lived yet.
This joy
is pathological.
Tell me,
on which finger would you wear this ring?

Page 32, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 128
Issue 128

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 128:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Poetry Ireland Review 128, edited by Eavan Boland, is full of strong poems and strong opinions. The issue features a total of 61 poets, including new work from Moya Cannon, Ciaran Carson, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Andrew Rahal, Rachael Hegarty, Eoin Rogers, Liz Quirke, and Featured Poet Caitlin Newby. There's an article on Seamus Heaney, excerpted from Minor Monuments, Ian Maleney's masterly book of essays; and, in the first in a series of dips into the PIR archives, Paula Meehan's still-timely essay on her time as Writing Fellow in Residence at TCD is reprinted from PIR  36  (1992).

Books reviewed include new work from Jessica Traynor, Michael Coady, John Liddy, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Anne Tannam, Gail McConnell, 
Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Michael Hofmann, and Harry Clifton, along with 17 other titles. Ann Quinn provides the eloquent cover and artwork for Poetry Ireland Review 128, now available to order online as a single issue or on subscription.