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Derek Mahon

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From X-Factor to X-rated, the third least common letter in the English alphabet appears commonly in life.
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Tom French

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Strong, My Love


Peter Fallon

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Laments


Kochanowski/Heaney

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The Sun King


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Poems in The Sun King, Conor O’Callaghan’s fourth collection, happen in the spaces between parallel realities...
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Seán Lysaght

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Listening to Bach


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Pearse Hutchinson’s poems have long been recognized as unique, for their lively, learned, humane framing of experience...
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Poem of the Month

from Achill

THE HILL BEHIND THE HOUSE

Each morning here I go to the back window
to check the colour of the sky above the hill.

It is a good hill, small and close and brown,
its loose curve hardly breaking water.

When there is blue behind this arc,
it goes on up forever.

When there is thick-and-grey
I know a finite world of bog and sheep,

plain and familiar, a damp sedgy place
that stills the heart till it rests clean and bare.

by Kerry Hardie
from The Sky Didn’t Fall (2003)
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