John Gosslee
Everywhere is a birthplace, a pad of paper. 
I want to write about the stripped bottles 
in the summer garage, the luxury suite over the city. 
I wrestle my way back into torn jeans,
black hair, her star-tattooed shoulders, 
how many lifestyle changes make a whole life?
In the story she puts the backpack 
in the dryer and stays. 
I didn’t imagine being so small in the bottle’s reflection
pumping on the tide just off shore, 
the living don’t remember their lovers’ hands,
they feel their breath against the ear, taste the salt.
Page 46, 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.