Night Change

John Challis

I step across the moon,
the small hand

of the clock,
to lay the bundle

of my daughter down,
knowing where

the flooring waits
to exhale.

Night remembers
other nights.

I alight from one life
into another,

from my long
and sobering walk

and creak down
to my knees,

a father, still a child
bowing

to repay his debt.

Page 18, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 132
Issue 132

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 132:

Edited by Colette Bryce

Poetry Ireland Review 132, edited by Colette Bryce, features memorable new work from Denise Riley, Kayo Chingonyi, Luke Morgan, Katie Donovan, Nick Laird, and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, among many other excellent poets. Books reviewed include Seán Hewitt's Tongues of Fire, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín's The Talk of The Town, Bhanu Kapil’s How To Wash a Heart, and The Historians, the incomparable Eavan Boland's valedictory collection. 

The issue also features Ailbhe Darcy's perceptive analysis of Documentary poetry in performance, focussing on Kimberly Campanello's MOTHERBABYHOME; while Emily S Cooper connects two father figures – her own father and the Irish-American poet Michael Donaghy – through their shared love of traditional music; and Adam Wyeth conducts an interview with poet and dreamworker Paula Meehan, to mark the publication of her Selected Poems. Kathy Tynan is this issue's featured artist: her domestic workstations and solitary suburban scenes perfectly capture the zeitgeist for this end-of-year issue.