The Poets

Orla Martin

There they are, The Poets.
Great at funerals, are The Poets.
Crumpled in pews, compassion by the verse,
by the haiku.
They do write a good card, do The Poets,
so they do.

Handy at weddings, are The Poets.
Meaning to the missalette, will they lend.
Happiness outside their comfort zone,
can stretch to contentment for a couplet or two,
before descent into Merlot infused ramblings
on life, on death.

In relationships, can The Poets be found, or lost.
Angled over pints in Grogan’s or at The Library bar.
Intense over coffee, are The Poets.
Eloquently worded, grammatically correct sex texts,
The Poets do send.
On occasion.

For there they are, The Poets,
Cycling along the South Circular Road, a car they do not own –
they cannot drive.
They are there, The Poets, in sickness as in health,
in Tesco as in Aldi, in publication or rejection,
in darkness, as in light.

Page 53, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 123
Issue 123

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 123:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Among the poets offering new work in the final Poetry Ireland Review of 2017 are Orla Martin, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Harry Clifton,  Erin Halliday, Alan Titley, and Nan Cohen, while the Featured Poet is Belfast sensation Stephen Sexton. The books reviewed in this issue include new titles from Michael O'Loughlin, the late John  Montague, Biddy Jenkinson, Aifric Mac Aodha, Mark Roper, and Colette Bryce's Selected Poems.  Also included is editor Eavan Boland's examination of the life and work of the late John Ashbery, and the reasons for his pre-eminence among American poets of his century; and an evocative tribute to the late Gerard Fanning from his friend Gerard Smyth. The artwork for PIR 123 comes from the SO Fine Art Editions gallery, and the issue concludes with nine intriguing questions for Michael Longley, posed by fellow Belfast poets Stephen Connolly and Stephen Sexton – followed, of course, by nine intriguing answers.