Jordan Valley

Stav Poleg

Press your palm into the sunburnt skin of grass,
into the fields of 38 June Celsius.
Watch how the trees turn into silhouettes,
the cropped wheat spines breathe out 
leftover salt and turquoise that is out of turquoise, 
is almost white.

The valley sinks into the mountains’ yellow shades,
into a summer hibernation, 
six months without a drop of rain, just memories 
of rain, as if all winters come with stories,
and when you shut the valley’s door and light a cigarette, 
I’ll tell you mine.

Page 9, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117
Issue 117

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Issue 117 includes new poems from over twenty five poets from Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere, along with three new poems by Michael Longley, one of the UK’s foremost contemporary poets. The issue features reviews of more than twenty new poetry collections, including books by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Claudia Rankine, Louise Gluck, Eavan Boland, Dennis O’Driscoll and Dermot Healy. Interviews include a feature on photographer, Seamus Murphy, about collaborating with musician and poet PJ Harvey and poet Eliza Griswold on separate publications, as well as an interview with Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis by Colette Bryce. Colour plates include photography by Seamus Murphy and artwork by Niamh Flanagan.