Sarah Byrne

I’m under the quilt when you insist 
on extolling the spirit’s provenance: 
the flourish of bog myrtle and star anise, 
the murmur of rowanberry and angelica root. 
You tell me it must be the quinine that’s 
making me queasy and the metronome 
I hear tapping is the prophylactic popping 
of the fuchsia. And even though I have sown 
myself into the bole of a tree, I will wake 
naked to an oaken jacket seething on the floor. 
There will be rings of lichen curling around 
my tongue and decades of juniper beads 
stuttering their rosary in my ear.

Page 11, 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.