Saturday, October 20, 2007

Perfect Tens

Perfect Tens

Dog days
On summer steppes
October red
The certainties.

Should have rolled
Them up.
And tea in samovars
Gone begging chance
At station houses
The arguements
Half won.

Another hour
And done with
Photograph: A fisherman at
Newtown Bridge
River Boyne. 2007

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Boyne Berries (2)

Boyne Berries

The second issue of "Boyne Berries" was launched at the Castle Arch hotel in Trim on Thursday the 27th of September by the novellist Noelle Harrison.

It includes a number of local writers as well as others from as far away as Canada, India, Greece, the USA, and of course Italy. The contributions are a mixture of poetry and prose and reflect on a variety of topics.

What makes this magazine interesting is not just the quality of the content, but that it provides an outlet for local writers that would not otherwise exist and Michael Farry and other members of the Boyne writers group are to be congratulated on this.

Readers are sure to find something interesting here, though with the modern poem it is often necessary to return to it a few times before you can find something to hang your hat on. Unlike its rhyming cousin the effect is not so immediate.

Sad or humorous the prose includes an extract from the novel "Madonna of The Fall" , while Louis Moran remembers and Paul Egan goes looking for inspiration.

Antonias Book Shop in Trim. €5 Euro.
Photo: Cover of Magazine
Designed by Greg Hastings.