Long after pollution was confirmed, you insisted
on picking periwinkles by the Bull Wall.
We swapped them in the kitchen for fresh ones
from Thomas’s fish stall in Mary Street.
And when you went out door-to-door for Fianna Fáil,
they thought your northern accent helped to swell
the brand of softer nation they were selling.
Dev had been betrayed and those treaty chaps
were led astray, forgetting the sacrifice of the sixteen.
The inheritance was clear, a straight line right back
from there to here and a daughter who believed
not one word of it, until you took her up –
gave her the tether tour, backing around
Stranmillis to Malone. That’s where Muldoon slipped
out a window of a night to meet his squeeze.
And there’s the bay those giant roses set alight.
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 119:
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.