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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

DOIREANN Ní GHRíOFA

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is an award-winning bilingual poet. Born in Galway in 1981, she grew up in Clare and now lives in Cork. Among her... MORE

JESSICA TRAYNOR

Jessica Traynor was born in Dublin in 1984. Literary Reader at the Abbey Theatre and a creative writing teacher, she has published poems in a variety... MORE

PATRICK KEHOE

Patrick Kehoe was born in 1956 in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford where he still lives. Educated at St Peter's College, Wexford, he studied History and... MORE

PATRICK DEELEY

Patrick Deeley was born in Loughrea, Co. Galway in 1953, and currently lives in Dublin. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies since... MORE

GERRY MURPHY

Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards (1985, 1992) and five previous collections from... MORE

THEO DORGAN

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953. He is a poet, prose writer, documentary screenwriter, editor, translator and broadcaster. Dedalus reissued his... 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

Leland Bardwell was born in India, grew up in Leixlip and was educated in Dublin with extra mural studies in London University. She has published five... MORE

Poem of the Month

THE GRIP
Aidan Murphy
(from Wrong Side of Town)

You advise me to let go;
thanks, but no thanks.
Don’t get me wrong: I know
the tight holds we keep
on family and friends,
on lovers, dogs and cats,
may bring us nothing more
than grief and wrath.

But when I watched my girl
get sucked back up the waterslide
and disappear, I let her go;

and when I watched my boy
slouch through an ill-lit gauntlet
of barbarians, I let him go;

and when I saw myself
get cynical and hard while plummeting
from parapets of sense, I let me go.

Too much. Too much letting go.
From here I swear

on dead friends’ eyes, to grip.
The whole grip.
Nothing but the grip.

(from Wrong Side of Town by Aidan Murphy, April 2015)

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