The chisel stuns the brick and rings the hand.
Clink, relax. Clink, relax. Loose mortar landslides
more and more, the arguments of rain and soot
slumping into the memory of a hearth, bird bones
and black sand. The room releases its breath.
Air sucks at the match. The way is clear between
inside and out. A dove on the chimney pot
broods in the blackened throat, the ear a nest.
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 117:
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.