I forgot to mention a poem published in Poetry Ireland Review recently titled ‘Ravishment.’ It was an incredible issue, and I highly recommend it. Vona Groarke’s final issue as editor, it included work by Simon Armitage, Sinéad Morrissey, Colette Bryce, Paul Muldoon, Sean O’Brien and Caitríona O’Reilly. Books reviewed include new work from Derek Mahon, Bernard O’Donoghue, Rita Ann Higgins, Martina Evans, Denise Riley and the 2016 Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo. The centrepiece of the issue is an interview with Paul Muldoon in which “the Armagh maestro shares his thoughts on subjects as diverse as public surveillance, the economic down-turn, and the exclamation mark.”
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