The Snowfall Room

Medbh McGuckian
The mesmerizing weather
Has a very rich yellowing
Like the sky over Verdun
And Railway Hollow Wood.
Feet over leaves in the thin
Remnant of air
Try to account
For the fallen leaves
Or what happened
To our promised moon –
Five great dyings
Blurring their stars together.
The change of a certain
Sound makes the star
More and more 
Peachlike, the earth
Would find itself
Inside a star,
The heart of a star.
The starlanes littered
With the eyes of stars,
But fewer blue-white
Stars. Archaic sparrows
Probe the crowded starfields
Of the flying angel
Painter, whose musical
Salvation is how to find the 
North, to touch her leaves.
Page 54, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 120
Issue 120

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 120:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke's final issue as editor is packed with new poems from leading contemporary poets, including Simon Armitage, Sinéad Morrissey, Colette Bryce, Paul Muldoon, Sean O'Brien and Caitríona O'Reilly. Books reviewed include new work from Derek Mahon, Bernard O'Donoghue, Rita Ann Higgins, Martina Evans, Denise Riley and the 2016 Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo. The centrepiece of the issue is an interview with Paul Muldoon in which the Armagh maestro shares his thoughts on subjects as diverse as public surveillance, the economic down-turn, and the exclamation mark. The cover image is by photographer Justyna Kielbowicz, and the issue also contains award-winning artwork from Sven Sandberg, Aoife Dunne, Jane Rainey, and Michelle Hall. Instead of an editorial, Vona herself answers the questionnaire she put to the contributors of Poetry Ireland Review Issue 118: The Rising Generation.