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JOHN SHEAHAN

John Sheahan is one of Ireland’s best known musicians. Born in Dublin in 1939, he was a member of The Dubliners from 1964 to 2012. He has played... MORE

AIDAN MURPHY

Aidan Murphy is a Cork-born poet residing in Dublin. He was twice recipient of The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. His collections include... MORE

MáIGHRéAD MEDBH

Máighréad Medbh is an Irish poet with five collections of her work published to date. One of the pioneers of performance poetry in Ireland... MORE

CONSTANTINE P CAVAFY

Constantine Peter Cavafy was born in Alexandria in Egypt in 1963 and died there in 1933, though he lived in English for a number of his early year,... MORE

PEGGY O'BRIEN

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FRANCIS HARVEY

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TOMAS TRANSTROMER

News that the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature had been awarded to the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer was greeted with widespread approval by poets... MORE

GRACE WELLS

Grace Wells was born in London in 1968. Formerly an independent television producer, she moved to Ireland in 1991. Her first book, Gyrfalcon (2002),... MORE

PAULA MEEHAN

Paula Meehan was born in 1955 in Dublin where she still lives. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Eastern Washington University in the U.S.... MORE

LELAND BARDWELL

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BILLY RAMSELL

BILLY RAMSELL was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at North Monastery and UCC. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals and he was... MORE

PAT BORAN

PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin where he works as an editor and broadcaster. He has also held a number... MORE

Poem of the Month

Grace WELLS

SUMMER

and the usual chaos of children
and home-maintenance.

Summer and I am slowly
turning into my house.

And stealing
one small slip of time

I hurry to the studio
at the bottom of my garden,

harried there, spat out
like an owl pellet,

every good part of me
consumed.

All I intend is
to write it down,

to add one more sentence
to the pile

of how it feels to have language
drilled from the tongue.

But waiting for me, on the path,
on its every flagstone, are butterflies,

peacock butterflies,
purple, scarlet, bronze.

Grace Wells
(from Fur, October 2015).

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