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Ruth Aylett

Celeste Aida And Other poems

Celeste Aida  The rain falls with blunt determinationbut there’s a sun behind the flat white skywhose intangible glow glosses the wet pebble edgingand in-your-face green bushesoutside the rehabilitation ward. Wetness blood-gouts the stiff red roses,  that are not allowed inside in case they harbour infection. You liked those when I wheeled you roundonly yesterday, in a windtoo cold …

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Mary Buchinger

Buttoning Up, Poetry from Our Featured Poet

Buttoning-Up I button my buttons and head out to catch the train, the millions and I. At least a hundred of us will lose a fastener today and an equal number forget to zip. It happens. Ponytail fails, wardrobe malfunctions, nip slips, a loosening, a backsliding. When I eat pigs, chickens, cows, I participate in, …

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Alyssa Cooper

Perpetual Motion Pendulum Girl

Perpetual Motion Pendulum Girl When I was young, I thought that swing sets were portals; the way that they slowed time and softened gravity, tiny black holes, chains gripped in dirty fists, like if I could just swing high enough – make my weightless way into the sky – then maybe I could come back …

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Poets and Writers

Strike

strike The farmers held Dead rats in their mouths, Wearing green loin clothes Hiding what is left of their pride. They sit in the capital city Waiting for some eyes to open, They sit for days Unblinking at the cold. Far away in distant lands Their crops have withered in the heat. Their children look …

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Queens of the May and other poems

QUEENS OF THE MAY Mayday. White afternoon light in the white mouth of the year. Follow a blue thread of sound to the braid of girls in their convent-school years song-circling the stations of faith – grey chapel and tennis court, silver graveyard and Canon’s Walk, towering beech trees baby-greening ajar the cervix of summer …

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New Poetry

House Work Since January stole my tongue and tied it into knots, the house has become a blank verse. My hands repeat a cleaning rhyme in every stanza, I pack metaphors into drawers, layer them on shelves in the hot press among folded towels. Sparkling saucepans, spilling stolen poetry, hang from the freshly-painted bracket over …

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Anne Bevan

A Girls and Other Poems

A Girl There was a girl Who lived in a glass mind And carried her emotions From room to room In a brown suitcase. Blackbirds pecked at her Through see-through walls, Hissing like cats at her muddled Thoughts and scratching at her Yellowing temples with steel claws. Each day she packed and unpacked At the …

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5 poems from our featured poet, Clifton Redmond

The Fates You sit and cry at her polished porcelain feet with moss and gravel for a bed and grieve the un-lived life. Her frozen stare outstaring yours, knowing somehow the pain of secret-silence – crucifixion. You wonder why Clotho bothers to spin the loom, Lachesis with no span to measure stands as idle as …

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Featured Poet Brian Kirk

Light After Dark The morning, after dark, gives way to light, the house silent but for the humming fridge and creaking walls. Listen carefully and you can hear the water whispering in the pipes, expectant, waiting for your body, for the day to start. But what is there to do, now that yesterday has passed …

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4 poems by featured poet, Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon: Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University in 2017. . . Merci   With your tongue, like that. Starlings chattered in the yard, gentle …

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Featured Poet Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Dublin. His children’s novel The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published …

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Faith Atuhumuze – the food aid chain

Faith lives and writes in Uganda. Her work has appeared in poetry anthologies such as “imagine. explore. create. inspire.” and “the alphabet soup poetry anthology” and has also been featured on literary websites the likes of Tangled Routes. Her works revolve around the themes of rural living and vulnerability, hunger, migration, othered-ness and on a …

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In Conversation with Emma McKervey

Emma McKervey won the 2015 PoetryNI/Translink Poetry Competition and in 2016 she was shortlisted for both the NI National Poetry Competition and the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ Poem of the Year Award. In 2017 she had two poems highly commended for the Seamus Heaney Prize. She is also a professionally-trained musician, having played cello …

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4 poems by Featured Poet Emma McKervey

Carborundum The father of Socrates was a stone cutter and he grew, that child, watching the perfect tilt of chisel cutting the line of stone, the grain set just so, orientated so that when the finished work came to be laid back into the Earth the stone felt itself home, the strata returned snugly to …

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5 Poems from Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar has recently relocated to the Berkshires in Massachusetts after 36 years in Minnesota. His work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including three in 2017. Recent collections include A Landscape in Hell (Flutter Press), How Fascism Comes to America (Locofo Chaps), and Why Glass Shatters (One …

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Featured poet.

My name is Eileen Hugo and I am a poet. I am retired and doing all the things I love. The Austin International Poetry Festival was one of my favorite places to listen to and read poetry. Four of my poems have been chosen for the Di-verse-city Anthology. I also won a first prize for …

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4 poems by featured poet, Jeremy Nathan Marks

Jeremy Nathan Marks is an American writer living in London, Ontario. Recent poetry has appeared (or is appearing) in Chiron Review, I-70 Review, Ariel Chart, The Wire’s Dream. Muddy River Review, Morel Magazine, Word Fountain, The Wild Word and Rat’s Ass Review. Jeremy is a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry.     The Senator …

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Featured poet, Lorraine Carey

It Could Have Been You   In the queue she stood, alternating hips to bear the post-menopausal spread, the watch snug snaked around the wrist. Her weary arms were splashed with age spots and irregular moles, which sprouted dark hairs. Limbs weighed down by curved shoulders that bore the brunt of sadness, making do and …

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Poet Shalom Galve Aranas

Shalom Galve Aranas is a freelance writer from Manila, Philippines. She has been writing for a decade now. She has been published in The Lycan Press and Former People. She was also published in a Philippine anthology of young writers after going through workshops with the UP Creative Writers’ Workhop and The Silliman Creative Writer’s …

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Graham Allen

5 poems from Graham Allen, our featured poet

  Epicurus On The Banks Of The Hudson   Sun slants through the web of sky and the world of corners glistens, constructing a halo to soften sight. Everything alive bends its head or cranes to catch its glory. Everything responsive swerves. The sentient universe is curved, sweet parabola of creation. Clouds come and light …

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Maeve O’Sullivan Featured Poet

Elsewhere, around the world in poetry, haiku & haibun. Maeve O’Sullivan, Alba Publishing, ISBN 9781910185773, Paperback. 110pp, Publication: November 2017, €12 / £10 / $15   One of Maeve O’Sullivan’s aims it to take haikai (haiku and related forms) out of what she describes in the preface “as the quasi-ghetto” it occupies “in the wider …

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Kate Ennals

5 poems by featured poet Kate Ennals

My Parents Wedding Photo   I gaze at this photograph as a child feel that something is not quite right They (is that really you?) stand, arched Before a church door Slid shut but for a three-inch black gap (letting monsters out?) Unaware of such, they (you) stare down at their wedding certs Both dressed …

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Our featured poet Felicia McCarthy

Famine Ship (for sculptor, John Behan) . From the forge of his imagination comes a boat out of the past, carrying our ancestors and our shame. Flaunting it.  The sight knocks the wind from my sails. Moorings loose, my mind slips as my body remembers. Hands grip the masts of a ship too small to …

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Our featured poet ! 4 poems by Attracta Fahy

Enduring Utopia   They have usurped my womb, my sun, ravaged my mind with privation –   now they want my body. I am slave, at the mercy of food, a weapon, it rapes   me with their need. They think I am frail, bring plates with teeth, wild animals attack me.   I cannot …

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Michael Blackburn – a selection of the poems from a poem a day

LUTTREL PSALTER ILLUMINATIONS   here in the margins life roots and flowers around the words words in a foreign tongue about a foreign land   a boy up a cherry tree has left his red shoes in the grass below where the farmer shakes a stick at him   two men thresh corn oxen pull …

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geraldine O'Kane

Spotlighted Poet, Geraldine O’Kane

. Venus in my Living Room   I was wearing the creativity bracelet you bought me, the night that Venus and Mars were visible alongside the moon, and a girl wanted to sing ‘Strange Fruit’ to the President Elect.   The same night a butterfly came into our living room, and a single speck of …

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Winter in New England and other poems

. . Winter in New England . Night drops like a hammer. All day sludge grey snow, slivers of ice.   Fear of falling on paths covered with snow. Night drops like a hammer Driving through white outs listening as the car motor wheezes while climbing hills. Night drops like a hammer. Home now with only …

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Timekeeper’s Vigil and other poems

. . Timekeeper’s Vigil sand holds memory deep impressions solid or grainy separatedness where bare footed joy or the heel of empire is finally stranded out of time and place interred the mighty the poor this final peace smooth and wet and dry and coarse soldier crabs push history out mould their harder treasures against …

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Linda McKenna

Speckless and other poems

Linda McKenna is originally from County Dublin but has lived in County Down for more than twenty years. She has had poems published in A New Ulster, Skylight 47, Panning for Poems and Lagan Online.

Therese Kieran

Staring out at the Mångata* and other poems

Some poems from our featured poet Therese Kieran Staring out at the Mångata* She closes her eyes on the mångata and sleeps; slips into its strip of silver road; a slick of moonlight shimmering on the ocean,believing she can walk that road should morning fail to follow night, so consider her malaise, when, at 2am she …

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Anne McMaster

End of Year and other poems

Author – Anne McMaster End of Year From here, you can see the fabric of the year scuffed raw and worn thin around a grey horizon’s fine and unforgiving rim. Today the sun is light and empty; nothing more. Sudden gusts of desolate, bitter wind busy themselves along the weakening edges of the moment delving …

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Poetry’s Not Dead and other poems

Poetry’s Not Dead I’ve seen it on the underpass In a winter’s dealer night, Knifed by moribund moonbeams, The spray on the fuliginous wall Proclaiming poetry’s not dead. I wonder if they know what that means At the end of the inner tracks, Where the heart synapses fade away, At the bottom of the soul …

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Iris Orpi

Mizuage and other poems

Mizuage (水揚げ) April an invitation embezzling spells of innocence, verges of awakening, Gordian loopholes from the love language of hands quietly smoothing over the crumpled brows of dawn anguished over what sparse things it is able to carry to full term and leaving the rest to the condoning shadows. Believe, somewhere, in the dulcet hum of …

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