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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Kevin Higgins poem in Southword Journal


Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. He has published three collections of poems The Boy With No Face (2005),  Time Gentlemen, Please (2008) and Frightening New Furniture (2010) all published by Salmon Poetry. His work also features in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe 2010).









Talking Rubbish





You Are What You've Collected



The tennis racket you never now use.
The tin-opener you regularly lose
your temper with. The drawer loaded
with photographs of people you
no longer speak to.

The painting by someone you’d happily kill.
A three hundred Euro voucher
for driving lessons you never took. Tax bills
for each of the past five years.

A letter from your accountant that says:
everything is going to be okay.
The purple tie you borrowed
from your mother’s oncologist.

The fifty seven different varieties
of God, every one of them false.
The cardboard box where you stash letters
from the Antichrist’s solicitor.

The woman with two dogs and half a mind
you once lived with. The cat buried
at the bottom of the garden.

This draughty upstairs window
from which you can see houses
full of things you’re not.





Talking Rubbish



The roast potatoes still in play;
already you’ve denied
the moon landing, told me
George Bush was a good man
badly advised, and declared
the banking crisis
a trick we’re playing
on the Chinese.

By the time the Vienetta arrives
we’re talking toxic waste.
Words that should be sent
to quietly kill fish
at the bottom of the lake,
you’re busy arranging into

Your weather forecast
is a chicken carcass
plucked from the bottom
of the compost bin,
wrapped in last week’s
Mail on Sunday.

Your thoughts on the four thirty
at Pontefract, an oil spill
which could engulf us all.

Your outlook for the economy
enough to send long tails screeching
back down the warm
brown sewer pipe,

and make me want to join
their pattering, dark army
in search of something that smells
more like common sense.



©2010 Kevin Higgins




Author Links


Higgins at Salmon Poetry

Video: Kevin Higgins reading at the White House in Limerick (YouTube)

Selected poems by Higgins at laurahird.com







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