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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mark fiddes

Mark Fiddes lives in South London and so spends much of his life on public transport. This past year he has been published in the Templar Anthology Peleton, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, Southword, and In Protest, a selection of human rights poetry. He has also been awarded in the 2013 John Clare and Charles Causley competitions.  Follow him on Twitter @fiddesmark






Shortlisted in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition



Another Gravity


Mum sits at the cliff edge of the lunch table

Leaking light from behind Liz Taylor shades

None of us speak of the thieving aneurism

That stole in and waits for the surgeon’s blade


In other news, the grandkids flush with summer loves

Brag and blush and tease, floating in the present tense

While she tries to catch their dandelion drift

Like a child with a net, at full stretch over the fence


Her jewellery, she wears with another gravity

Not finicky silver, but wood, leather and stone

Hewn and stitched together on that remote island

Where the harlequin tartan of our past was sewn


Which takes me to the shaded wall of a dream

I inhabited that perhaps was one of hers

Pressing through a crowded market in Bosnia

After the war, a teacher among saboteurs


The air thickens with grain and the static of hate

Her failing radio is all she has for money

Which she trades with a widow who keeps only bees

So she can bring her own kind the gift of honey


One day soon, behind the tottering condiments

And church-feted chutneys too fecal to eat

In the cupboard of all that’s half-finished

I will find that dusty jar, unopened and sweet








©2014 Mark Fiddes




Author Links


Poems and stories by Mark Fiddes on his blog

Fish Anthology 2012 containing flash fiction by Mark Fiddes

Lightship Anthology containing a story by Mark Fiddes

Purchase In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights (University of London)









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