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Publishing poetry, prose and art since 1975

the current issue of Cyphers is No. 93

From Cyphers 92: Michael Augustin MULTIMASKER

Two poems from the current issue

for Kathleen Loughnane

by Moya Cannon.

Over the drystone, sunstruck wall
we were ambushed by the sway
and scent of a July meadow—
whites of tall daisy and yarrow,
purples of scabious and cranesbill,
the bitten yellow of cat’s ear,
blue tremble of harebell,
and more flowers that we couldn’t name,

but we were caught, are caught still,
in the blurry, summery sway of it.

Moya Cannon’s Collected Poems were published by Carcanet in 2021.

BIA TIARGÁLAÍ (Scott san Antartach)

le Gréagóir Ó Dúill.

Fán am a dtagaim ar an fhírinne sa channa stáin
Bíonn an lipéad stríoctha stróctha.
Bíonn an fhírinne searbh,  an fíorscéal cam.
Aithním na lanna faobhair le cois na gcrúb beannaithe oscailte,
Na cineálach uirlise a fhuasclaíonn an fheoil;  seachnaím mo pholladh féin
Agus leagaim an fheoil gona súlach ar phláta fuar
Ag súil nár lobhadh é.

He made it all too phony about affection,
made it all too creepy about using women,
made it all too Don Juan about his alleged amours,
all too evident he was twisted and all
too dull when anyone interrupted him by
so little as a word,

Because they love him and want him to live
and know in their hearts he will leave this room
by neither window nor door, they have ordained
that the lintel that has been always there

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