We love to read your poetry and, even though we receive over 1,000 poems per month, we always take time to read every single one.
A few of the poems we especially enjoyed and which were selected for publication in our Journal are reprinted below.
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Writing in Ice
It gets harder to claim
the lie of few summers lived
when so many winters
have taken their toll.
The deceiver fools you.
More fool you.
Writing in ice on frozen bone
contusions of ruptured words,
on the immortal soul.
The reaver robs you.
Poor robbed you.
Outside the Cathedral.
Outside the castle,
the social housing schemes,
the frontline, prison,
the bar room or the public school.
In broad daylight
the deceivers rob you.
the reavers fool you.
for weeks the young boy saw one bird on every wire
yesterday, it fanned its tail feathers
and he felt his growing bones react
a shared balancing act, a mirror
on the northside of the city
down as far as the dock bridge
where yesterday too
he saw an otter breaking through dark water
and God bless us, said an old man
as if it was more than an otter
breaking through dark water
down by the old dock bridge
on the northside of the city
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