Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney



Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan



Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition




Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes





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Eric Paul Shaffer

Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry, including Lahaina Noon; Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen; Portable Planet; RattleSnake Rider and Kindling: Poems from Two Poets. His poetry appears in more than two hundred and fifty local, national and international reviews and in the anthologies The Soul Unearthed and 100 Poets Against the War. Shaffer received the 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature and a 2006 Ka Palapala Po'okela Book Award for Lahaina Noon. He won a 2006 fellowship to the Summer Fishtrap Writers Workshop and Retreat in Oregon. Burn & Learn, his first novel, will be published in Autumn 2009. He teaches at Honolulu Community College.



         A Small Gathering of Light

The sun has yet to rise, but the silver sky has extinguished
          the stars. Haleakala is black against the rising light.
          Maybe someone should say the mountain before dawn
is darker than the mountain at midnight under starlight. It is.
Last night, stars hovered at my fingertips. If there is fire,
           it is beyond me. On one side of the sky, Venus blazed
near Castor and Pollux. On the other, Jupiter brooded
                   over the volcano. If light creates distance,
          then darkness draws us together. On nights when Venus
is on my right hand, and Jupiter on my left, I can't imagine
the world going on without me, but I am confident. It will.
With three nights yet to fill, the bold moon displays the face
                    of change to us, journeying between the light
and its reflection. This morning, a single star shone to mark
          our direction. There is only a small gathering of light,
but with the mountain as a guide, any road through day will do.

©2009 Eric Paul Shaffer


Author Links

Lahaina Noon at Leaping Dog Press

“What the Roses Say” in The Pedestal magazine

Two poems by Shaffer in Cordite Poetry Review





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