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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Eleanor HookerEleanor Hooker is a poet and writer living in Tipperary. Her collection, The Shadow Owner's Companion (The Dedalus Press) was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award, for Best First Irish Collection 2012. Her second collection A Tug of Blue (The Dedalus Press) will be published October 2016. In April 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets. She is recipient of the 2016 Tyrone Guthrie Bursary award from Tipperary County Council Arts Office. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, translated into Polish and Romanian and published in a number of journals including: Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry, PN Review, Agenda, The Stinging Fly and POEM. She was awarded 1st Prize in the UK 2016 Bare Fiction, Flash Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in Banshee and The Woven Tale Press. She holds an MPhil in Creative Writing (Distinction), Trinity College, Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Cultural History, University of Northumbria, and a BA (Hons 1st), Open University. Trained as a nurse and midwife, Eleanor is currently Programme Curator for the Dromineer Literary Festival, helm and Press Officer for the Lough Derg RNLI.




Guardian Angel


after Guy Denning


Mine is perpetually undressed, though

not ingloriously so. He’s illustrated too,


yet I can tell his new tattoo,

Paradis Est Ici, does not improve his spirits.


When he splays his charcoaled wings,

the wrenching of skin, feather and bone


makes a sound like splintering wood,

I hear him mutter, ‘fuck that hurts’.


He shaved his head when I shaved

mine aged twenty-two, and while


my hair’s grown back, still he calls

me ‘baldylocks’. I’ve been called worse.


With a devoted sense of wickedness

he feeds rosemary to lambs, ‘pre-seasoning’,


he winks, ‘no salvation for the lamb’.

He’s at his most morose in a boat;


it reminds him of biblical times and

fishing trips that brought him little cheer.


He gets cantankerous at my dithering,

Tells me I need a ‘swift kick up the arse’.


‘You must rid yourself of your demons’

he chides. ‘What’, I snap, ‘and lose you?’



*About Guy Denning 


©2016 Eleanor Hooker



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