Film Noir

Marianne Burton

Le Jour Se Lève. La Grande Illusion.

Pépé le Moko. Quai des Brumes.


We watched them all last night in a great glut

with wine from Monoprix and reblochon and bread

and a flautist in the Rue Fleurus practising runs

until I began to link his thin downracing riffs

with Gabin dreaming of ships he never boards.


And now this morning’s norming of the dark.

Cold air cleanses the sheets of last night’s passion 

and love seems less star-kissed more Silenus 

from the Luxembourg Gardens, fat, drunk, falling off his ass.


One must be grateful dusk comes round so often.

Last night’s lines can echo through the streets again.

Embrasse-moi encore. We have so little time.

Page 37, 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.