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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John Sexton

John W. Sexton was born in 1958 is the author of three poetry collections: The Prince’s Brief Career, foreword by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock, and most recently Vortex (Doghouse, 2005). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTE radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are both published by The O’Brien Press, and have been translated into Italian and Serbian. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His fourth collection, Petit Mal, is due this December from Revival Press.






Peeled free of my body and unfolded

over the hillside, my skin would cover

three acres, for I am the shining grass

of morning, compressed in a croaking

knot. The river I swim through is merely

the dream of the red slimy river of my gut.

I hold the world inside my mouth, ribbeting

to get out. My throat chokes the world back

to its place. I am the slippery jewel that god

coughed up when time began. I’m the soft

cog of the flesh-clock, the green spring for

winding the universe down in. In the heron’s

beak I am the Omega of swallowed things.


©2009 John W Sexton


Author Links

Poems and bio at Poetry Chaikhana

'Whiskey for the Thing': a renku with Norman Darlington

Short Fiction at VerbSap (Minimalist Fiction)





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