Cyphers Magazine


Publishing poetry, prose and art since 1975


Monet in Árann

for Kathleen Loughnane by Moya Cannon. Over the drystone, sunstruck wallwe were ambushed by the swayand 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 […]


by Leland Bardwell I am locked in this acropolisjust Feodor and meI rub my fingersin his overcoat of stonegambling my airline ticketand find in the valleyof my life-linethe gravel of Baden Baden   2022 is Leland Bardwell’s centenary year. Her complete poems will be published this year and a new book from Lepus Print celebrates […]


by Macdara Woods. The fiddler in the caveholds back the sea:the firbolgs planted the land like this the smoky kitchencandle-lighton mother of pearl: This side of the portallet me feel itlet me putmy hand there let mehold ittouch itfeel it let me somehow stay connected This poem first appeared in Cyphers 56, in 2004. It […]

Green Window

By Pearse Hutchinson The small kitchen in the attic scarcely had room for anything bar the big double bed.Which was surprisingly comfortable.There was one small square window, above the sink.It was entirely covered – and very neatly too – by some very thin green material.You’d be amazedI always wasat how much light that green window […]

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