The first Yellow Nib, with poems by Seamus Heaney, Alan Gillis, Maureen Boyle and David Wheatley; translations of Jorge Luis Borges, Marcial Souto and Vénus Koury-Ghata. Edna Longley considers Philip Larkin and Belfast Literary Culture, while Paul Muldoon contemplates The End of the Poem.
Five poems by Paul Farley, Five odes by Michael Foley, Six poems by Gary Allen and six by Seán Lysaght, three versions from Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus by Don Paterson, two poems by Derek Mahon - and many more. Mary O'Donnell remembers Ingeborg Bachman and Ciaran Carson finds how 'way leads on to way' in translation.
Poetry from Sinead Morrissey, Martin Mooney, Frank Ormsby, Andrew Elliott, Chris Agee, Jane Bleakney, Medbh McGuckian and C. K. Williams. David Harsent presents Nine poems after Yannis Ritsos, Toby Litt reflects on not being able to play 'Angi' by Davy Graham, and Glenn Patterson on Not Being There (Or Nil-Two Desperandum).
Andrew McNeillie treats us A Night on Whalsay. Theo Dorgan takes us down to Cape Horn and John Saul to the Elbe. Poetry from R.F.McEwen, Paula Meehan, Miriam Gamble, Cathal McCabe and Paul Maddern. Chapter one of Half Sick of Shadows by David Logan - and Ian Sansom confesses to bibliomania in The Sansom Bequest.
Who's Afraid of Creative Writing courses? Ciaran Carson introduces an issue in which nine of the sixteen contributors have been associated with Creative Writing Programmes: work from Medbh McGuckian, David Hayden, Barbara Smith, Barbara A. Morton, Eoghan Ryan, Erin Halliday, Andrew Jamison, Alan Gillis, Alison Brackenbury, Rachael Boast, Enda-Coyle-Greene, Jay Parini and Emily DeDakis. Plus Jack Underwood asks How Long has it been Since your Last Confession?
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