Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney



Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan



Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition




Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes





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Pete Mullineaux

Pete Mullineaux is a poet, songwriter and dramatist, living in Galway. He has written numerous plays for the stage and for RTÉ and has performed poetry and song throughout Ireland & the UK. He was active on the London performance poetry circuit and has been MC for the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam for several years. His poetry has been published widely in Ireland, the UK, France and the USAmost recently chosen for the Poetry Daily web-site and anthologised on aboutpoetry.com. A chapbook, Zen Traffic Lights appeared from Lapwing Publications, Belfast (2005) and in 2008 Salmon launched his debut full collection, A Father’s Day. His next collection is due from Salmon in 2011.




A Piper Prepares


It’s almost like shooting up, a similar ritual

as he tightens the strap around the forearm

so the veins appear, familiar old scores. Next,

a shard of cloth at the elbow for comfort,


trusted talisman, protection against the unknown

and un-named: keys, bars with no endings. Drones

are attached like pistol silencers, regulators poised

and now, the leather patch, spread across the thigh


you’d think to protect the skin from the crazed

jabs of the chanterits manic hypodermic dance.

In fact, the placing there will cause a glottal stop

brief suspension of sound, a near-death, allowing


a trap-door drop, down the pit-shaft of the octave

to low D – the belly-forge, base underworld

from where a primal hum vibrates, connects –

fixes on the spinal cord, sends a hit exploding


into conch of skull. Brainpan reels, a gasp for air,

escape, as the bellows fill and suddenly, there’s

life in the lungs and wind in the reeds, as we’re

up and awaytripping over the scales, flying


above the Walls of Limerick, the never ending

Siege of Ennishello and goodbye to Rocky Road,

Wheels of the World, Hills and spills of Donegal

heading towards that high high doh...



©2010 Pete Mullineaux



Author Links


Mullineaux at Salmon Press

'Men Knitting' by Mullineaux at Poetry Daily

'The Chair' and other Mullineaux poems at About.com: Poetry







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