• Australia,  Essay,  Fiction,  Ireland,  Literature,  Poetry,  SUMMER22,  UK,  USA

    Summer 2022 Released

    Featuring poetry, an essay, and short fiction from across the world, the second quarterly of Trasna includes new work by Brittany Nohra, Nathanael O’Reilly, John Martin, Eugene O’Hare, Samuel Meyler, Fred Johnston, Shane O’Neill, and Linda Whittenberg. Read Issue #2 here.

  • Essay,  Feature,  Ireland

    Playground of the Apocalypse

    by Shane O’Neill The strand is ravaged by the storm that had raged for two days, uprooting weeds and hurling rocks huge distances along the beach. Large chunks of sand have been torn away by the sea, leaving small dunes and bunkers for us to traverse unsteadily. The sky is still a heavy grey and we have to squint through the watery haze of falling rain and fight against the fierce winds. Black clouds are reflected in the tumultuous waters and barren black mountains tower over us. Tiny mussels are clamped to these monoliths, holding on tight against the forces of nature. In this deathscape, the natural elements blend into…

  • Review

    A Review of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Poetry

    by Lind Grant-Oyeye A common theme in reviews of her poetry is that Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s work is not restricted to space or time but shifts between realms and places. In the Dublin Review, Gerard Smyth characterizes the poet as one who shifts from the material world to the otherworld [1]. She is portrayed as focusing on the metaphysical, translating experiences between worlds. Accordingly, readers new to her poetry might expect texts bursting with paranormal experiences. Her latest book Collected Poems (Wakefield Press, 2021) comprises work spanning over four decades with some new poems included. Assembling nine books into a single volume seems ambitious at first glance; however, it provides…

  • Essay

    The everyday poetry of the half-wild North-Western Irish world

    Keith Brennan The ripple of birdsong has spread from the far valley and broken across the farm. If spring moves at a walking pace then perhaps the birdsong walks with it. Where we are, with the farm backed up against Hawthorn Hill, facing north, it sometimes walks a little slower still. Across the hill and down the valley, where the farms face into the sun, the birds arrived last week. These fields fringed three rows deep with hazel and willow. The spruce forest spends itself finally, after a hundred acres of quiet, dense, commercial tree farm, giving way to the cattle-farmed hills. Rolling open fields fringed with native trees. Cattle…

  • Australia,  Essay,  Fiction,  Ireland,  Literature,  News,  Poetry,  USA

    First Quarterly Issue of Trasna Released

    With poems and stories by Libby Hart, Stephen O’Connor, Mike Gallagher, S. C. Flynn, Marie O’Shea and Shane Leavy. Read Issue #1 here.

  • Essay,  Feature,  Fiction,  Ireland,  Literature,  Review

    Patrick Kavanagh: a Reader’s Experience

    by Richard Hayes For generations of Irish readers—for this one certainly—the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh is inextricably associated with Soundings, the anthology of prescribed poetry for the Leaving Certificate English curriculum that was a staple of Irish secondary education from the end of the 1960s until the mid-1990s. Edited with sensitivity and skill by the late Augustine (“Gus”) Martin, then professor of English at University College Dublin, Soundings presented the poetry curriculum for the final exam with unashamed emphasis on the texts of the poems, without recourse to illustrations or photographs or that patronising commentary that seems to dominate textbooks now. Martin in his introduction to the book speaks of…

  • News

    Call for Submissions

    For the past two years, Trasna has served as a weekly online platform introducing American readers to the latest writing from Ireland. We have featured work from established and emerging writers, through poetry, essays, and short fiction. In all there are over 80 independent posts that can be found at Trasna.online, as well as RichardHowe.com.  This year, in addition to our weekly posts, we will be accepting submissions for an online, bi-monthly, literary magazine. Readers can subscribe to the magazine at Trasna.online.  This week we are pleased to welcome submissions for the inaugural issue of Trasna. Writers in Ireland, of the Irish diaspora, or those for whom Ireland figures into their…

  • Archives,  Feature,  Poetry

    “On America” and Other Poems

    Trasna is pleased to announce that poet Dan Murphy will join its team of editors. This week we feature four of his poems. Whether it’s a “rusty gate in a field of rock,” or “the cream cheese on your cheek,” Murphy explores the expansive to the intimate.