Featuring poetry & prose from across the world, this quarterly includes new work by Alicia Byrne Keane, Kate Smyth, Ian Irwin, Beth Storey, Julie Breathnach-Banwait, Carrie Griffin, Mary Madec, & Jimmy Kerr. Read Issue #4 here.
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…