The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 1

Featured Poet Brian Kirk

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 …

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Five New Poems by Matt Duggan

The Blue Nib Literary Magazine Five New Poems by Matt Duggan Poems have appeared in many journals such as The Journal, The Dawntreader, Into the Void, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, Ghost City Review, Lakeview International Journal, Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 and the Into the Void Prize in 2016, he has …

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5 poems by Beth McDonough

5 poems by Beth McDonough Beth McDonough trained in Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Following an M.Litt at Dundee University, she was Writer in Residence at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2014-16). Her work is strongly connected to place, particularly to the Tay, where she swims, and forages nearby. Her poetry may be read in Gutter, …

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5 poems by Jude Brigley

5 poems by Jude Brigley   Jude Brigley has been a teacher, editor, coach, performance poet and a speaker, and she is now writing for the page.  She believes that poetry should be at the heart of the English curriculum and that it can play an important role in everybody’s life.  While being an experienced …

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5 alba poems by Alfred Booth

5 alba poems by Alfred Booth   5 alba poems An alba poem. A short  poem of lover’s separation before dawn; cf.  Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene. ******************** those words love? caress? the end of moonlight sweet kisses farewell until the next eve insobriety? lust? brings us together again, we must say the words? farewell kiss …

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5 poems by Roy Liran

5 poems by Roy Liran   Born in Israel in 1971. Lives in the Galilee with his wife and twins. Works in the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) as an archaeologist, architect and artist. His first poetry book, ‘Not who I thought’ was published (in Hebrew) in 2016 by Pardes Publishing. It includes 65 poems and …

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5 Poems by Ross Thompson

5 Poems by Ross Thompson   Ross Thompson is a writer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as The Honest Ulsterman, One, The Island Review, The Freshwater Review, The Wild Word, Popshot and Memory House.  His poem ‘Postscripts’ is included in The Poetry Jukebox installation at the Crescent Arts Centre, and he contributed to three pieces to Happy Holidays, an album by …

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Poetry from Susan McLeod , Michael McAndrew, Tawnya Renelle, David Cameron, Peter Clive and Finn McLysaght

Poetry from Susan McLeod , Michael McAndrew, Tawnya Renelle, David Cameron, Peter Clive and Finn McLysaght   Susan McLeod was born in Scotland and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. She completed her first novel, The Brazen Calyx, as part of her Creative Writing MA studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and …

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Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page

Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). Also a spoken word artist, Anne has performed at festivals and events in Ireland and abroad including Lingo, Electric Picnic, Bloom and The …

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5 Poems by Rose Mary Boehm

A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of ‘Tangents’, a poetry collection published in the UK in 2010/2011, her work has been widely published in US poetry journals (online and print). She was three times winner of the Goodreads monthly competition, a new poetry collection (‘From the Ruhr …

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Poetry by Tezozomoc, Jude Alexzander , Leanne Neill and Ankush Banerjee

Tezozomoc is a Los Angeles Chicano Poet and 2009 Oscar Nominated Activist and has been published in the following journals: The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles Paperback (ISBN: 9781882688524, Northwestern University Press, 2016),  Men’s Heartbreak Anthology (Karineh Mahdessian, 2014).   Tezozomoc has an academic chapter in Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and …

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4 poems by Tracee A. Clapper

From Charleston, SC. On a journey to heal myself, and anyone else who crosses my path – I’m a seeker, a mom, a wife, a friend, a birder and a poet. I seek connection with the divine feminine, all of nature, and humans who truly see me and accept me as I am. Writing facilitates …

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Five Poems 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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Ian C Smith – Life is a Camel, The Movie in My Mind, & Stitched Up

Ian C Smith’s work has appeared in, Antipodes, Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Critical Survey, Prole, The Stony Thursday Book, & Two-Thirds North. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.     Life is a Camel …

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5 poems from David Subacchi

David Subacchi lives in Wales (UK) where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has published four collections of his poetry in English and one in Welsh. He has also begun to write in Italian.   YEMEN He has serious wounds And she has running sores, The generator …

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4 poems by Melissa Mulvihill

I write from northeast Ohio where I live with my husband who is an attorney and with our two sons, 17 and 21, and our labradoodle, Luna(tic). In 1990 I graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in psychology and in 1996 I graduated with an M.A. in Counseling from John Carroll University. I recently …

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5 poems by Isabelle Kenyon

Isabelle Kenyon is currently a Guildford based poet and a graduate in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance from the University of York.Isabell e is the author of This is not a Spectacleand Micro chapbook, The Trees Whispered (Origami Poetry Press) and editor of anthology Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, which raises money for UK mental health charity, Mind. Her poems have …

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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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Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page

Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). Also a spoken word artist, Anne has performed at festivals and events in Ireland and abroad including Lingo, Electric Picnic, Bloom and The Craw Festival (Berlin). In 2016 she was awarded a writers residency …

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Poetry from Susan McLeod , Michael McAndrew, Tawnya Renelle, David Cameron, Peter Clive and Finn McLysaght

Susan McLeod was born in Scotland and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. She completed her first novel, The Brazen Calyx, as part of her Creative Writing MA studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on her second. The eagle-eyed will note that the novel title is taken from a …

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5 Poems by Ross Thompson

Ross Thompson is a writer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as The Honest Ulsterman, One, The Island Review, The Freshwater Review, The Wild Word, Popshot and Memory House.  His poem ‘Postscripts’ is included in The Poetry Jukebox installation at the Crescent Arts Centre, and he contributed to three pieces to Happy Holidays, an album by The Grand Gestures – a collective …

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2 poems from Debbie Collins

I tend to write about unredeemable people in bad situations. When I’m not writing, I like to let my dog drag me down the street where I live in Richmond, Virginia, and cooking for two. I have been published in Third Wednesday, antinarrative, and The Lake, among others. The Waltzing Fool the neighbor has parked …

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5 poems by Roy Liran

Born in Israel in 1971. Lives in the Galilee with his wife and twins. Works in the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) as an archaeologist, architect and artist. His first poetry book, ‘Not who I thought’ was published (in Hebrew) in 2016 by Pardes Publishing. It includes 65 poems and several drawings by the author.   …

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Five New Poems by Matt Duggan

Poems have appeared in many journals such as The Journal, The Dawntreader, Into the Void, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, Ghost City Review, Lakeview International Journal, Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 and the Into the Void Prize in 2016, he has a new chapbook out called A Season in Another World (Thirty …

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5 alba poems by Alfred Booth

5 alba poems An alba poem. A short  poem of lover’s separation before dawn; cf.  Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene. ******************** those words love? caress? the end of moonlight sweet kisses farewell until the next eve insobriety? lust? brings us together again, we must say the words? farewell kiss me again farewell the tips of …

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2 Poems by Tracee A. Clapper

Tracee A. Clapper. From Charleston, SC. On a journey to heal myself, and anyone else who crosses my path – I’m a seeker, a mom, a wife, a friend, a birder and a poet. I seek connection with the divine feminine, all of nature, and humans who truly see me and accept me as I …

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Poetry by Linda Stevenson, Peter Clive, Fiona Stevens and Sasha Lauren

Linda Stevenson is a founding member of Melbourne Poets Union, facilitator of poetry groups in gaols and community centres, contributor to anthologies. Chapbook “The Tipping Point”, a collection of eco-poems published in 2015, feature guest poet on Radio 3CR “Spoken Word”. Active as a poet within the online poetry sector, hosts regular Salons at her …

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Writing widdershins by Clare Morris

Having worked in Andalusia since 2000, Clare Morris has recently returned to the UK. She has completed two poetry pamphlets and is currently working on an anthology, arising from her collaboration with the abstract artist, Nigel Bird (www.nigel-bird.com). Although much of her poetry is written in response to the environment, she also enjoys incorporating more …

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5 Poems by Pat Anthony

Pat Anthony writes from the rural Midwest finding inspiration, in the soil’s rugged furrows and the faces of those working it. She frequently uses the land as lens while she mines characters, including herself, to explore relationships as a means to heal and survive living with bi-polar disorder. Former poetry editor of Potpourri (out of …

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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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Winners’ Biographies

FIRST PRIZE WINNER –  Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Her work has been published in various literary magazines such as Crannog, Boyne Berries, The Blue Nib, Star82 Review and Cold Coffee Stand. Her short storieshave been shortlisted in competitions such as the OTE New Writer of the Year Award (2014, 2016), Fish International Prize …

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