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Vona Groarke

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Hecuba


Marina Carr

‘How glorious it all was. How glorious they all were.
We mustn’t judge things by their end.’
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Red Sails


Derek Mahon

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Blaris Moor


Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian extended the range of Irish poetry. Her gloriously mysterious work calls to mind the rhapsodic utterances of Emily Dickinson...
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The Boys
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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Music permeates the collection which also features elegies and poems about language...
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Early House


Justin Quinn

‘Whether in short lyrics or in the longer pieces Quinn’s lyricism, subtlety of thought and precision of expression are a constant pleasure.’ — James Harpur, Southword
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Scapegoat


Alan Gillis

The poems in Alan Gillis’s fourth collection, Scapegoat, find themselves on the edge...
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From Elsewhere


Ciaran Carson

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Strong, My Love


Peter Fallon

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Tom French

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What Just Happened


Sara Berkeley

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The Way In


John McAuliffe

  John McAuliffe’s new book continues to explore a contemporary life whose domestic spaces and routines are lovingly itemized and reassembled...
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Mickey Finn's Air


Gerald Dawe

Mickey Finn’s Air, Gerald Dawe’s eighth collection of poems, revels in how memory plays...
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The Travels of Sorrow


Dermot Healy

The Travels of Sorrow is a windfall, the last gift of a compelling, original and charismatic artist.
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Poem of the Month

Our February 2016 Poem of the Month comes from Vona Groarke’s forthcoming Selected Poems (31 March 2016).

 

AWAY

I babysit by Skype,
breakfast to their lunch,
lunch to their dinner.

I straighten uniforms, ask French,
nag music practice, argue Friends,
trim their Bebo access.

I touch their silky faces on my screen.
I am three thousand miles ago,
five hours in the red.

What would it take —
one crossed cyber wire,
a virtual hair’s breadth awry —

for these synapsed hours
to bloat to centuries,
for my background

to be rescinded
to a Botticelli blue,
my webcam image

ruffed and pearled,
speaking vintage words
into spindrift?

Or, failing that,
for me to be headlonged
into light years off

to the room of an obsolete laptop
where I Skype and Skype
and no one answers,

where I Google Earth to see
if the world namechecks
this morning

my son’s bike in the garden,
my daughter’s skirt
on the line?

by Vona Groarke
from Selected Poems (2016)

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