‘Posted in stone, O’Connell Street’ by Beth McDonough

Posted in stone, O’Connell Street Most buildings improve as they lose their blueprint finish, weather off architect too-sharp plans. Some wear layered flaked paint, for shuttered quaint takes, while carved seats bottom out smooth. When an engraver’s cut blurs into brass, it surely gains from handled warmth, but this grey braves a Europe-wide boulevard, all pocked out, holed and whole with the guts of wronged … Continue reading ‘Posted in stone, O’Connell Street’ by Beth McDonough

‘Silently, The Women Waited’ by Angela Carr

Silently, The Women Waited The clocks ticked down, the men debated the Proclamation and celebrated while, silently, the women waited a hundred years to be placated, a body, sovereign, emancipated – the clocks ticked on, the men debated – and by the roadside Virgin, consecrated, and on ferry crossings, expediated, silently the women waited in convent laundries, incarcerated, their ‘fatherless’ children emigrated – the clocks … Continue reading ‘Silently, The Women Waited’ by Angela Carr

‘Amy, how to write poems’ by Katherine Stansfield

Amy, how to write poems for Amy McCauley again in these times of boxes and unlearnt languages and cats dreaming twitchyleg distress? I do what the advice books say and write every day but lately o lately my poems are just lists for leaving: buy new cat carriers, microchip the cats, tell the cats about THE MOVE. The flats behind ours have been knocked down … Continue reading ‘Amy, how to write poems’ by Katherine Stansfield