Virginia Woolf on Self-Doubt

Neil Curry
What if I were to walk down to the lake
One evening, and chanced upon my parents
Standing there, and bearing my entire
Life in my arms I were to say to them,
“This, this is what I made of it.”? What then,
I wonder, as I unwrapped the bundle,
Would I have to show them? Words, yes, words,
Far too many for them to bother with,
The friendship of some people of distinction,
A husband I had been such a trial to
And … and … but what if Father were to turn
To me, raise the severeness of his eyebrows,
And ask, “Is this it, Virginia? Is this it?”
Page 79, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124
Issue 124

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Poetry Ireland Review 124 contains new poems from Paula Meehan, Ciarán O'Rourke, Lizzy Nichols, Mark Ward, Gabriel Rosenstock, Özgecan Kesici, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and many other compelling voices. Also included is Eilean Ni Chuilleanáin's remembrance of her Cork childhood, excerpted from The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, a book of essays reviewed in issue 124 by Caitríona O'Reilly. Other books considered in this issue include collections from Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Mark Granier, Tara Bergin, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets, and the Collected Poems of the late Dennis O'Driscoll, and there's also a short interview with Thomas Kinsella along with an essay on Kinsella as poet and civil servant. Another Kinsella is this issue’s Featured Poet, Alice Kinsella, and all artwork for the issue is supplied by artists associated with the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Great Denmark Street, around the corner from Poetry Ireland.

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