Wild Peregrinations

Emma Neale
From the lookout point
of sleep’s edge
the years spread back
with all the pinprick fires and dark clutches
of an old, uneasy settlement.
The thoughts watch themselves
the way one falcon acts silent sentinel
to another across the blue whisper 
of desolate distances.
Then as if it believes
its moon-washed, grass-gold skin
will be ample camouflage – 
the dart, the jink,
the erratic dash and back-dash:
hope’s wild peregrinations,
love’s blood-sweet liqueur 
crammed beneath its skin
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Issue 119

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 119:

Edited by Vona Groarke

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 119 includes new poems by 48 poets including Frank Ormsby, John Kinsella, Rachel Coventry, Aifric Mac Aodha, Gerald Dawe, Alice Miller and Claire Potter. Also included are translations by Richard Begbie and Kirsten Lodge, an essay on Bishop, Lowell, Heaney and Grennan by David McLoghlin, and reviews of Paul Muldoon, Paul Durcan, Sarah Clancy, Medbh McGuckian, Kate Tempest, George the Poet, and many more. The issue also features photography by Hugh O'Conor, Dominic Turner, Sheila McSweeney, Fergus Bourke and John Minihan.