Now That He’s Gone

Michael Lauchlan
forget his ragged return 
by way of Niko’s Corner Bar
after the bastards hustled him 
from the office with a box
of what – photos, a dying plant.
Recall instead what you must
imagine: how that night his wife 
let him in and held him  
while he couldn’t speak, then 
when he wouldn’t stop and how,
when he was finally still, 
she touched him, doing again
in that place, at that hour, 
the quiet work of love. 
Page 73, 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.