Finding the Hidden and the Divine in Poetry: notes about a new anthology

Today A New Ulster has published an online anthology, A New Ulster Presents: The Hidden and the Divine. This is an anthology of women’s writing in Ireland, and I am delighted to have four poems included. Here is one of them:


The perfect whiteness of swans

an affront to the eye,

tired of seeking miracles.


You are past


for anything.


Enough for you

small fish rising

to mouth their brief condolences.

This is one of several poems I have written about borderlands, those in-between and thin spaces where we sometimes find ourselves during times of transition.  These times are characterised by brief moments of realisation, the emergence of small images.

For me, one of the challenges of poetry is how much it demands: it takes me into difficult and deep places, offering only temporary insights.

I would love to know how poetry challenges you.









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