On The Madhouse Grounds With Alexis

Armel Dagorn

In our days of hopping walls 
all over town, of creeping up alleys 
when all the cats are grey stray 
blurs fleeing, of hanging outside 
the bakery’s back door and waiting 
for the very first croissant of the day
to be handed down to us
like a blessing,
picking up our bedtime with buttery hands
where upright citizens left theirs behind
to man and woman offices and machinery,
we once ended up on a bench, 
on an expansive, walled-in lawn
we’d been seeing for years,
the backdrop of the nursery school
we’d given our custom to,
a landscape never questioned
until we sat inside it,
our young brains already nostalgic
but totally unburdened 
by what the future might bring,
by the idea that fate or whatever
rather than our own restless feet
might pick us pawns up
then one square further
lay us down, mate, in a dark spot.

Page 11, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117
Issue 117

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Issue 117 includes new poems from over twenty five poets from Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere, along with three new poems by Michael Longley, one of the UK’s foremost contemporary poets. The issue features reviews of more than twenty new poetry collections, including books by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Claudia Rankine, Louise Gluck, Eavan Boland, Dennis O’Driscoll and Dermot Healy. Interviews include a feature on photographer, Seamus Murphy, about collaborating with musician and poet PJ Harvey and poet Eliza Griswold on separate publications, as well as an interview with Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis by Colette Bryce. Colour plates include photography by Seamus Murphy and artwork by Niamh Flanagan.