The Meadow

Peter Sirr

Where is it, the poem in which
we walk across a meadow lit
by soul light, afterglow, the burn
of recognition spreading

from corner to corner,
edge to edge as we ache
towards, infinitely towards,
not quite believing our eyes,

not quite trusting the grasses,
hardly daring to breathe
the air in which we both
too late appear, one of us

raising a hand, one of us opening 
the conversation in which 
everything is forgiven, everything
forgotten, where is it, that one?

Page 80, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 125
Issue 125

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 125:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Poetry Ireland Review 125, a bumper expanded summer issue, includes new poems from Derek Mahon, Moya Cannon, Peter Fallon, and Martina Evans, along with new work from Eleni Cay, Patridge Boswell, John W Sexton, Sally Van Doren, and over fifty other poets. New titles reviewed include collections from Douglas Dunn, Carol Rumens, Joan Newmann, Kevin Higgins, Ellen Cranitch, Catherine Ann Cullen, and the late Liam Ó Muirthile, who is remembered with affection in a tribute by Gabriel Rosenstock. Ailbhe McDaid provides an essay on Sara Berkeley's eco-poetics, while this issue's Featured Poet is Toby Buckley, a graduate of the Poetry Ireland Introductions readings in 2018.

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