I was looking forward to receiving my copy of the latest edition of Poetry Ireland Review, as I’d had two poems accepted for it last Autumn; it was strange and lovely to finally see them in print. They’re both from my book Liffey Swim, so I think the ‘strange’ response comes from seeing them removed from the now-familiar context of the book.
There are some great poems in this edition – I won’t single any out, but I was really happy to see some very strong work from younger writers featured. There are a lot of very well written and considered reviews in this issue too – it feels like there’s been an attempt to catch up on what might have been missed over the past year or so, which is fantastic. I think all poets are intensely aware of how important well-written reviews are. Pick up your copy here