Frank Ormsby

‘You’ll land me in Omagh,’ 
my mother groans, 
at her wit’s end. 
Omagh is where the birdies are. 
The out-of-mind drift 
out of sight a while, 
then back among us. 
It is said that madness 
runs in families. 
We mooch around our gate 
and think of it travelling at speed 
in the shape of Miss Carty, 
who, home again, 
has joined the Dippers 
and cycles the main road 
in suspenders and knickers.

Page 31, 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.