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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

A colossal disaster

An 8,000 mile trip
From New York to Hong Kong
Over the Arctic, doesn't sound an easy one.
A passenger was taken ill-
They had to divert to Goose Bay
In Canada; an old air base
Built by the Empire.
Waiting 15 hours in -20 degrees,
The plane door was damaged-
No-one available to work overnight
Some poor sod had to stand
By the door for security.
Someone replied under the article-
"A colossal disaster- give me strength".

© Amanda Derry


Amanda joined a Creative Writing class, following a breakdown, which played a significant role in her recovery. She now embeds literacy skills into classes that she teaches.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

An Astronauts T-shirt

China’s growing cotton
on the dark side of the moon.
They’re hoping their potatoes
will begin their sprouting soon,
and silkworms now are sleeping
within their small cocoon.

The cotton’s meant for clothing,
an astronauts t-shirt,
and potatoes grown for mashing,
plucked from lunar dirt,
while silkworms breathe out CO2,
make the climate less inert.

The terraforming’s started
in the Chinese bio-sphere,
the new crops being harvested
by the robot engineer.

© Andrew Goodison

Plants grown on Moon for first time paving way for lunar base

Andrew Goodison is a single father of two, full time carer and full time poet, living in the West of Ireland.



Consider Prime Minister May -
things haven’t been going her way.
Her party is split
on the point of Brexit,
and the country is in disarray.

© Andrew Goodison

Monday, 21 January 2019

The Property Equation

We had agonised about it for years:
the dream of extra space
versus the trauma
of six months lost
to the tyranny of tiles and paint,
our shrinking lives
shuttled from room to room.

Now we sit in the bosom
of our brand new extension,
marvel at the magic of magnolia,
and wonder whether to de-commission
the other rooms, while a news camera
on our 50” Smart TV
pans the huddled doorways of Grafton Street.

© Maurice Devitt

'We have very different values': Focus official hits back at Skehan's comments that homelessness is 'normal'

Maurice was the winner of the 2015 Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition, he has been runner-up or shortlisted in Listowel, Cuirt, Patrick Kavanagh, Interpreter’s House and Cork Literary Review. He is the curator of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site, a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group and has just published his debut poetry collection, ‘Growing Up in Colour’, with Doire Press.