Love, I hardly know you
from what I never had.
I suppose I must have gone too far,
tying the weeks and the months in knots,
thinking it right for the time, but love
you have fallen somewhere between
what was expected
and the glad-to-be-gone.
Instead of some all-day, all-night drive,
I sit with empty hands and heart,
with a garden view of the rooks
that are blown, no distance, into rags.
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 119:
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.