Last Climb

Gabriella Attems
You might be skilled at finding doors
but these stairs go past mine. Next time
you visit, I’ll house you in the topmost
room, hemmed in by clouds.
Because all I’d like to do with you
in the morning is find that raven’s nest
up on the crag. We’ll climb the overhang
toes and fingers stretched without
looking down at the stream.
I won’t distract you, I know the rock
is loose to your left and the drop clean.
Page 66, 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.