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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Jan Wagner

Jan Wagner was born in Hamburg, Germany, and lives in Berlin. He studied English and American studies at Hamburg University and at Trinity College Dublin. A literary critic and translator, he is the author of numerous poetry collections and was awarded the Leipzig Book Prize in 2015, the first time ever this award went to a poet.





Eva Bourke

Eva Bourke is a poet and translator. She has published six collections of poetry, most recently piano (Dedalus 2011), several books of translations, and edited together with Borbála Faragó Landing Places. Immigrant Poets in Ireland (Dedalus 2010). She edited with Vincent Woods an anthology of contemporary authors on music, Fermata. Poets and Prose Writers Respond to Music, (Artisan House) due to be launched in September. She is a member of Aosdána.





Three Donkeys, Sicily



they stood there like an allegory

just beyond gangi which struck like a cloud

of stone against the mountain top, their very

own painting behind the fence, mute,


motionless. winding through mountain ranges

the road climbed uphill with us, a mud

slide here and there, snow avalanches

of sheep that flowed across the path


and vanished. and now still life with donkeys

close range with their tasselled tails,

their fetlocks, sinewy as dancers’ ankles,


their backs pressed down by invisible

loads and each soft white muzzle

as though it had just been dipped into a meal-




sack, submerged in the meal of fables.

we waved, called, mocked them – they stood

focussed on nothing but their donkeyhood.

we coaxed, cajoled them – they stood


as though rooted in and grown from clay, as if

wholly attentive to, engrossed in some

event. was it perhaps Bethlehem

they listened for? was there a tenth or even ninth of


them still ambling on the road toward canaan,

did they still flick away the flies from car-

thage, egypt? was it no more than one


day, mere seconds, since beyond the fence

the warring multitudes of arabs, nor-

mans, the brabanzone legions



trooped past? how they seemed to gaze

straight through the car and us as a breeze

ruffled their fur, each of the six eyes

as strong as an espresso…


upfront the processions, dead curs,

foreign words from foreign mouths.

plantations, happenstance, green pastures

with a firmament of citrus fruits—


and they still motionless. a barrier

of grey. and we, more fools than heroes

long forgotten and cast out, in the rear


mirror the unfaltering gentle V of the ears

could still be seen down many narrow

bends, their victory, vittoria, victoire.




©2016 Eva Bourke & Jan Wagner



Author Links


Jan Wagner at Poetry Foundation

'Meet the Germans': Jan Wagner at the Goethe Institute

Eva Bourke publications at Dedalus Press

Eight poems and translations by Eva Bourke in The Galway Review







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