was massy and abundant and Michel professed it acted
as a barrier against contagion, citing the fact he never
once caught plague, as proof indisputable of its sublime
proficiency as microbe-barricade par excellence.
I think I’ll grow one
dense and luxuriant, a display that will erase all
question marks regarding the extent of my personal
virility and I will oil it. Oh I will oil its splendour into
two twin tapering spikes that at moments of high
stress I shall, with abandon, twirl dashingly.
Let’s face it—it will come in handy.
Poetry Ireland Review 131:
Pride of place in Poetry Ireland Review 131, edited by Colette Bryce, is given to two as-yet-unpublished poems from Eavan Boland's final collection, The Historians, along with ‘Remembering Eavan’, Jody Allen Randolph’s poignant tribute to the poet. The issue also contains new work from Derek Mahon, Leontia Flynn, Harry Clifton, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, and Colm Tóibín, along with the emerging voices of Sree Sen, Nithy Kasa, Audrey Molloy, Padraig Regan, and many others.
The review section includes Maria Johnston examining new work from Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin as poet and as Ireland Chair of Poetry: Vona Groarke assessing Deryn Rees-Jones and Jericho Brown; and Julie Morrissy reviewing Jane Clarke, Simon Lewis, and Breda Wall Ryan.
Also included in this issue are six 'pandemic postcards' from Irish poets based in Ireland and in Britain, six different takes on attempting to live the creative and the lockdown life. Other noteworthy contributions include Ben Keatinge's survey of surrealism in Irish poetry, while Alex Pryce's interview with Sinéad Morrissey takes the poet through her back pages, from There Was Fire In Vancouver to Selected Poems. And John Short's artwork features vivid watercolours of staycation swimming spots within two kilometres of his studio.