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The Blue Nib publish the very best in contemporary poetry from new and emerging poets

John Buckley McQuaid

Moon Inside. John Buckley McQuaid

MOON INSIDE There’s a waitress full of cookies And a keeper of this café Who’s arranging leather...
Akshaya Pawaskar

Procrastination and other poems. Poet Akshaya Pawaskar

Procrastination  I can do it anytime, or never at all  Myriad the mind's vacillation and  Undying languor or apprehension  How the...
Susan Castillo Street

Apocalypse and other poems. Susan Castillo Street

APOCALYPSE The day the world ends I get up early, go downstairs, swear at cats, stroke cats. I put on...
Caoimhe McKeogh

Summer Sestina and other poems by Caoimhe McKeogh

IT IS NOT THE TELEPHONE it is not the telephone it is the stove with its...
Simon Read

I Went Up Through The Trees. Simon Read

I WENT UP THROUGH THE TREES I went up through the trees Those trees over there...
William Conelly

The Sheathing. William Conelly

THE SHEATHING An angel robed in stainless steel  loomed piously above his bed.  It proffered neither...
Sue Morgan

Sue Morgan. Happiness – Unhappiness

Happiness (after Carver)   We write often of it now. Nature and substance, its longevity, or otherwise....
Cecile Bol

Figurine and Paper Crown. Cecile Bol

Porcelain figurine she broke I don’t know how I wasn’t there but when I came...
Pesach Rotem

After The Holidays. Poetry by Pesach Rotem

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS Sukkot Has come and gone. The autumn rains are here. The winter rains will soon bestow Their gifts....
Daniel Bennett

Penny Falls and Other Poems by Daniel Bennett

Penny Falls Burnt sugar, breezy heat. White pollen  and the carsick feeling  of newly minted shame. ...
Stevie Quick

Siri Says Turn Right in 200 Metres. Stevie Quick

SIRI SAYS TURN RIGHT IN 200 METRES Siri says turn right in 200 metres. Just that; go...
Anita Gracey

Ghazal- Anita Gracey

GHAZAL Church bells presiding clear at mass parishioners appear at mass meek in life with strong footsteps prayers hum...
Dawn Mueller

The House of The Hanged Man- Dawn Mueller

The House of the Hanged Man The squeaky floorboards had nothing more to say, and neither did the doors, ...
Alison Ross

Spring and Leaving. Two Poems by Alison Ross

Spring Wild hare field whispers, lustrous rimed peeping moon sips  Hawthorn scented stars Leaving There is a heaviness...
DJ Tyrer

The Migrant by D.J Tyrer

The Migrant All he wanted Was the promise Of streets paved with gold. He neither knew nor...

Maria Pascualy. Two Poems

Sly sheer white curtains  slap the bay window    a long willow branch slowly scrapes  the old cylinder glass  ...
Sean Smith

Hawk by Sean Smith

Hawk  (for Sean McSweeney) We gathered in the stove-warmed kitchen after chasing down laneways,  picking frockens and blackberries,  that...
Anupam Sinha

Anatomy of Dreams by Anupam Sinha

Somewhere, in the jaundiced morgue of the night, usually awaits sleep- its grubby hands ready to autopsy my calloused dreams....
Hannah Rousselot

Poetry by Hannah Rousselot

Hannah Rousselot is a queer French-American poet. Her poetry has appeared many publications.
Liz Balize

Jazz Virgin and other Poems- Liz Balize

Jazz Virgin Susan, with her china-white skin  relaxed down to lace bra and panties— ...
Richard Hawtree.

Waterperry By Richard Waterperry

WATERPERRY A little Garden, grateful to the Eye; And a cool Rivulet run murm’ring...
Patrick Green

2 Poems by Patrick Green

A Letter to You 3 A.M. in the kitchen   Shooting chips under the white light Hitting...
DS Maolalai

Mild- D.S Maolalai

MILD news again from america; it seems each month it's under water.  at home nothing...
Daniel Senser

Rapture by Daniel Senser

Rapture Little crystal-cotton clouds streak the afternoon sky Dabbing at the pink and orange light of the...
Matt Duggan

Matt Dugan- Poetry

The Modern Pasquinade  Knack to all gamesmanship  is to always let the enemy  feel they are winning. ...
Sven Kretzschmar

To Profess Love. Sven Kretzschmar

TO PROFESS LOVE Gone, the red brick pavement on Grafton Street –  gone. Yet, the...
Betsy Mars

Proof of Life – Betsy Mars

Resonance  Through the chorus of beeps and bangs my body sang – every bit of skin  and...
Susie Gharib

Rosslyn by Susie Gharib

Rosslyn He parked his car with the usual ease. A cloud bedimmed my glowing face. I cherished...
Gerard Sarnat

Reverie- Gerard Sarnat

Reverie Summer Sunday Morning, Not exactly Lazy, post Early lunch Made up Of kiefer Or...
Fiona Sinclair

Second Wind by Fiona Sinclair

Second Wind Retiring at 65, you get a second wind. Your mornings are tinkering. Your afternoons are feet up watching...
Margaret Pritchard Houston

Margaret Pritchard- Birthday

Birthday The other women here are older, walking, between grave and trough, half bent with watering...

Lost Poem by Marilyn Francis

LOST POEM It’s a Monday morning in November and I’m in a coffee shop named after...
Dennis Moriarty

The Life Exchange

The Life Exchange For two hours every night he traded piety For pints of warm beer and idle gossip. Sucking...
MW Bewick

Equals- Poetry by M.W Bewick

Equals The force with which the board  meets the blade The warmth of pebbles  under...
Rae O’Dowd

Junk by Rae O’Dowd

Junk This is a graveyard for broken things. Scratched-up cassette tapes and punctured tyres and dulled...
Tom Langlands

Tom Langlands

The Day They Shot The Crows The crows were dropping  from the trees wings broken and flapping...
Kim Whysall-Hammond

Poetry by Kim Whysall Hammond

TIME WASHES ALL CLEAN Washed ashore bathed in pouring light dissolving into sky swashing across mud flats...
James Roberts

Time Enough by James Roberts

TIME ENOUGH Any time in the light is time enough these days. The molten ball  inched at...
Mark Tarren

The Odyssey of a Sigh, Mark Tarren

THE ODYSSEY OF A SIGH We exhale in the theory of leaving our bodies when the theft of absence  is so...
Anne Ballard

Declutter Time by Anne Ballard

DECLUTTER TIME Well-intentioned magazines still in the plastic Status-declaring books, unread or struggled through once Yellowed old-friend-paperbacks  Recipes – what’s...
Rebecca D’Arcy 

Unmasking. Rebecca Darcy

Rebecca D’Arcy received a PhD in English from Dublin City University in 2016. She has published essays in Postcolonial Text and Irish Studies Review. She writes poetry and children’s stories in her spare time. She currently resides in Spiddal, Co. Galway.
Ysella Sims

Echo. Poetry by Ysella Sims

Echo They watch the screen, punch-pleased,  as the sonographer traces slow circles  on her belly and the room...
Bojana Stojcic

Bojana Stojcic- Poetry.

Bio: Bojana Stojcic teaches, bitches, writes, bites and tries to breathe in between. Her poems and flash pieces are published or forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Anti-Heroin Chic, Down in the Dirt, Mojave Heart Review, Dodging the Rain, The Stray Branch, Tuck magazine, X-R-A-Y Lit Magazine and Visual Verse. She blogs regularly at Bojana’s coffee and confessions to go
Mina Moriarty

Monster. Mina Moriarty

Mina Moriarty writes poetry and short stories and is fascinated by the imaginary worlds of myth and legend.
Kevin Cowdall Poet

Things Spotted on a Walk. Kevin Cowdall

The Meandering River (Tanka) It has meandered at will over the landscape, charting its own course; a leisurely progression...
Brian Rihlmann

Brian Rihlmann

Brian Rihlmann is published in Constellate Magazine, Poppy Road Review, The Rye Whiskey and others
Anna Blasiak

Anna Blasiak – Poetry

Anna Blasiak is a poet, translator and literature co-ordinator of the European Literature Network. She has translated over 40 books from English into Polish and some fiction and poetry from Polish into English. In addition to her book-length translations, her work has been published in Best European Fiction 2015, Asymptote, The Guardian, B O D Y Literature, Modern Poetry in Translation and York Literary Review. Anna writes poetry in Polish and in English (Off_Press, Women Online Writing, Exiled Ink and Modern Poetry in Translation). She has worked in museums and a radio station, run magazines, written on art, film and theatre.

Poetry by Joan McNerney

Rendezvous  That was the name of a paint can from J&M Hardware.   With sweat lingering on her face, she colored...
Teresa Coe

Terese Coe -Poetry

RELENTLESSRounder and deeper than the line, the soundbreaks up through dry leaves.Meandering, the river,  through you. Branded, you, with even the bitterness that brandsthe Western...

Gerald Cedillo -Poetry

Frogs Occasionally, country roads back home allowed a quiet somewhat-peace after we quarreled. Bodies loosely swaying in their seats, words hurled to pothole rhythms, lean gravel shoulders. We’d push through...
Ada Wofford

Understanding Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey. By Ada Wofford

Understanding Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey - by Ada Wofford
Liz Balize

Jazz Virgin and other Poems- Liz Balize

Jazz Virgin Susan, with her china-white skin  relaxed down to lace bra and panties— ...
Richard Thomas

Poetry by Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas reads his own work. 'The Poet Makes the Most of a Bad Situation
Issue 41 of The Blue Nib

Issue 41 of The Blue Nib

Issue 41 of The Blue Nib. Issue 41 — release date April 15 2020.
Richard Thomas

Poetry by Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas reads his own work. 'The Poet Makes the Most of a Bad Situation
Melissa Todd

Janus – Melissa Todd

Mellissa Todd reading her own, Janus.
Ink Pods Christmas Fiction

Episode 2 Short Fiction 24th December 2019

his short story podcast on the theme of 'Gifts' features short fiction from Dave Kavanagh, Melissa Todd, Maggie Harris, Juan Chemes, Daniel O’Reilly, Alta Ifland, Clare Morris.