from Sweeney, an intertonguing
Is fearr liom gan taisteal
Ach seo mé féin ar fáinneáil
Ó inbhear go hinbhear agus ó bhinn go binn
Agus ó ghleann go gleann ar fud Éireann.
Is mioscais liom daoine
Agus ní thabharfaidh mé taobh leo
Ach seo mé ag ochlán
Go bhfuil mé gan fear tuaithe gan chairde.
Is mioscais liom Dia le mo bheo,
Seo mé ag ceiliúradh is ag moladh
Agus ag guí rí na reann
Go bhfaighidh mé neamh faoi dheoidh.
I prefer not to have to hackletravel but here I am fannelfluttering from firth to firth and from horngableregardpeak to horngableregardpeak and from smoke-cloudhollowglen to smoke-cloudhollowglen amongstall-over the Irelandworld. I hate menpeople and wouldn’t trustside with them but here I am whimpererlamenting that I have no countryman or respitefriends. I hate God all my quicklife, here I am warblefarewellcelebrating and mollypraising and praying to the king of the stars till I get to the last non-skyheaven at last.
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.