The Lyman alpha forest is an absorption phenomenon seen in the spectra of (especially distant) high redshift quasars and galaxies. It is the only direct observational evidence we have of the existence and properties of the general intergalactic medium.
– Michael Rauch
Wild apple of our eye, hung
crimson in the Lyman alpha forest that grew round you,
tangle of theorized light absorption,
loop in a net
over space –
concept, unmet friend,
to us you are
what you are,
part of everything.
Poetry Ireland Review Issue 122:
Fifty years after his passing the poet Patrick Kavanagh is remembered in Poetry Ireland Review 122, in a perceptive essay by Eavan Boland which invokes Chinua Achebe and Anthony Cronin, among others, to position Kavanagh in a pre-eminent place among the poets of his time, and ours. Richard Murphy is also celebrated in a fascinating interview ranging over all of his ninety years, in which he discusses a number of his poems – reproduced in the issue – framed by their social and political contexts. There are new poems from John O'Donnell, Mary Montague, Julie Morrissy, Colm Breathnach, and Moya Cannon, among many others, Alvy Carragher is our Featured Poet, and titles subjected to critical scrutiny include recent work from Paddy Bushe, Jacob Polley, Paula Meehan, Rachael Boast, and Matthew Sweeney. Liam Harrison provides a perceptive essay on Derek Mahon's connections with artist Edvard Munch, while the images in this issue are provided by artists from the Olivier Cornet Gallery, a neighbour to Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.