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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Niamh Boyce

Niamh Boyce is from Athy, Co Kildare. She writes short stories and poetry. One of the winners of the annual Éist Poetry Competition 2008, her work has been published in Crannog and the Sunday Tribune’s New Irish Writing Page. She was short-listed for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award ’09 and is a nominee for the Hennessy Award ’09.






Sleep Talking


Blue-black fur skims every part of me that moves,

and I move quickly, from mother bed to a maze

of paths, glazed with scattered crumbs of glass.

A creature whose voice I can’t hear, whose face


I can’t see, is teaching me to read with my feet.

This is a time, not to think. Travelling deep

is tough. It’s always winter. No. Love isn’t enough

in the tinker palace of memory. Bird women squawk


overhead, a carnival of forgotten babble.

Baubles swing from their claws, clear spheres

pregnant with sea, moon and sky. They swoop.

Their eyes are yellow with history. Look back!


Who knew there were so many of us? I see beasts,

unfettered freaks. Feathered, furred and taking

corners until undergrowth gives way to cliff face.

Blinding sapphire waves break us, plunge us,


one by one into an amniotic ice blue sea,

where we settle to an alert rest. If

you look now, I’m still. Except for a fishy

under-lid flicker. Sleeping. Not


bottom of the ocean, breathing water.

Permeable. Suckling the rushes of some

early second. When a secret runs past

my unborn fingertips. I listen.


©2009 Niamh Boyce


Author Links

'A Wild Cat's Buffet', Boyce poem in Crannog

Article about Boyce winning Éist competition (p. 2)

Article about Boyce's environmental artwork with Greencrafts/Electric Picnic





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