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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Paddy Bushe

Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin and now lives in Waterville, Co. Kerry. He writes in both Irish and English, and has published eight collections of poetry, the most recent of which is To Ring in Silence: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus 2008). He is a member of Aosdána.








Roger Gregg, Crazy Dog Audio Theatre

Roger Gregg is a playwright, musician and actor living in Ireland since 1980. Over the past 22 years has written plays and music for Irish theatre companies as diverse as; Dublin Youth Theatre, TEAM Education Theatre Co., Graffiti Theatre-In-Education Co., The Razor Edge Theatre Co., Oberon Theatre and The Gaiety School of Acting. He has also been commissioned by RTÉ [the National Broadcasting Company of Ireland] to write several radio comedy series for Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.






Roger Gregg & Crazy Dog Audio Theatre performing Paddy Bushe's 'Night Start'





If you experience problems viewing the embedded video, it can be watched on YouTube by clicking on this link.



Night Start


Sleep easy, love, the day will come around

And light the glass, and warm the windowsill.

Lie close, lie still, you only dreamt that sound.


Forget you heard the snarling of the hound,

The harsh breath, the snap that almost killed

Sleep. Easy, love. The day will come around.


That wail is not the voices of the drowned,

But the salt wind beating up the hill.

Lie close, lie still. You only dreamt that sound.


And that was not a tremor of the ground,

Just my arm shivering in a sudden chill.

Sleep easy. Love. The day will come around.


I conjure past and future to surround

This night, this room, to witness that we still

Lie close. Lie still, you only dreamt that sound.


So rest, my love, assured. What we have found

Settles around us, an earnest that we will

Sleep easy. Love, the day will come around.

Lie close. Lie still. We only dreamt that sound.


©2010 Paddy Bushe



Author Links


'Skellig Birds': Bushe poem in Southword

Bushe at Dedalus Press

Crazy Dog Audio Theatre homepage






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