Poetry

Anne Casey reflects on Issue Six.

“The road is full of perfume. Urine. Bile. Death.” These nine initial words from Jayant Kashyap’s poem ‘History’ in this issue...

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History

By Jayant Kashyap         This poem was originally published in the poetry chapbook Survival (2018) by Jayant Kashyap....

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Historically Sensible

by Kevin Higgins       This poem first appeared in Kevin Higgins’s 2014 collection The Ghost In The Lobby(Salmon Poetry)....

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Beelzebub asks the virtuoso of sadism for advice
(from Satan Repentant)

By Michael Aiken   Beelzebub fallen to disease, absent himself willfully, to muster some inkling, some new insight born of nothing...

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Sometimes the Alligator Gets to Write the Ending

By Jack B. Bedell...

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L’Inconnue de la Seine

By Cheryl Pearson In the late 1880’s, the body of a young woman was pulled from the Seine. The pathologist at the Paris Morgue was so...

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Paper Stone Circles

By Paul Casey stone turns to paper in her eye as she filters cycles of light into circles of paper stones her eye is a stone circle a...

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For Pointing at the Sun

by Paul Casey.   1. Just as the pillars meet a mile above the architrave A sky splinter plummets to puncture the floodplain A standing...

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For Helen

By Brian Jerrold Koester    ...

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On the Boat

By Jane Clarke Published in The River (Bloodaxe Books 2015)....

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coming out backstory

By Sandra Renew...

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Frida Kahlo Visits Ballinasloe

By Nuala O’Connor   First published in The Juno Charm (Salmon, 2011)....

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The Darmstadt Year

by Cynthia D. Nelson   The Darmstadt Year               I read out the sign at our new base:            ...

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Calcium

by Anne Elvey   baíte tipiche         typical huts formaggio            cheese taleggio   ...

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An Afterlife of Stone

by Jenny Blackford The lumpy wrinkled flesh of some great ancient beast a woolly mammoth or elasmothere lies mummified beside the Hume...

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Samhain

by Patrick Stack     This poem is from Patrick Stack’s first collection, The Parting (ADA, 2013), available on...

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HOW TO MAKE SAND

By Natalie D-Napoleon    ...

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Fifty-five days

By Denise O’Hagan   We shrugged at bomb scares at school Locked our doors, watched our bags and our steps And skirted any lone bag...

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Memory Box

by Fiona Perry   A collection of mementoes to stimulate long term memory and a sense of identity in dementia patients.   Inside:...

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Some slight redemption

by Jenny Blackford Coventry Cathedral had been bombed, I knew, during the last great conflagration of the world, had lost some of its roof...

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Black Saturday: 7th of February, 2009

By Wendy J. Dunn...

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Trial

By Cheryl Pearson  ...

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City of Another Home

By Michelle Cahill City of seven islands, guarded by eight-armed Mumbadevi, of the Dravidians, Marathis and Gujaratis, your name alludes to...

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Butterfly Lovers

By Eileen Chong I Born a girl. By my father’s word, plate of ash untouched— Needle and silk: opaline peacocks, burning phoenixes. Last...

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Ceremony

By Chelsea Dingman I open the windows to the house—humid      air like a deer’s breaths in the spring rain. Streetlights flit off...

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News highlights – 3 erasure poems

By Lizz Murphy From Aleppo – Rivers of blood women and children… viewed December 2016. From People smuggling – Turkey, Greece...

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War Zone Tours

By Lizz Murphy   In response to the article ‘Russian travel company wants to sell tours to the front line of Syrian civil war’...

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Sugihara

Sugihara   By Moya Pacey   In 1941, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania, helped Jews leave by issuing them...

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Please do not pee in the sink

By Ali Whitelock (First published in Ali Whitelock’s debut poetry collection, ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’...

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Where the feet have been

By Ramon Loyola   Note: ‘Where the feet have been’ is the last part of Ramon’s ‘suburban walkabout’ trilogy, with ‘You...

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