Those Prostitutes in Cuba

They were like two kittens, he said,
snuggling up to him,
they were fun and they liked him.
I thought – against my own sex – how
enviable his freedom to fall in 
with such company, then breakfast
with them afterwards, heartily, admiring
their health, their strong teeth, that
vitality. It could never happen
to a woman my age, two tiger men
who would not wound, the three of us
so human in a dusky room, sunlight
stealing through the slats in colours
from Matisse, the riotous world
within and without. 
Page 58, 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.