I Did Not Know You, Moniack Mhor

Marion McCready
but you have always been there
in one guise or another.
I trace the range of Strathfarrar
     with my finger,
I draw the line of it in the air.
 
There is no sea, no sea here,
no Juno, Jupiter or Saturn
(the ships of my childhood).
 
At Moniack Mhor I lie with the bees,
their still bodies floating above me.
A horse rider clips in the lower valley,
     curlews cry in my ear.
 
Hills fall behind hills,
behind hills. Moniack Mhor
is forever opening –
a gift of dry grass, crab clouds,
the green nest of furze slowly breaking apart.
 
Nightly the yellow almond buds
     creep closer,
until I can taste them in the dark air.
Page 17, 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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