Because You’re A Girl

Stephen Byrne – Because You’re A Girl

you will bring life into this world, only to lose yours. Because you’re a girl you will suffer mutilation to bleed & scream for a month. Because you’re a girl you will be brought to a river to drown since you weren’t born...
Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne – A Father Calls to his Child on Liveleak

                                    In memoriam 513 Children Gaza 2014 Wake up child wake up cries the father to his child beneath the torn & tattered building within the dust & shattered stone Just above his bloodied waistline to his chest he holds...

Stephen Byrne – Raise Your Heads

stop looking at the ground stop glaring at your phones stop hiding under rocks stop drowning beneath the sea stop avoiding the eyes of someone in need stop social media lies stop the bullies who hide between the tapping of their laptop keys stop...
The merlin trilogy - Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart – The Merlin trilogy

“My Lord, when you look for what I am looking for, you have to look in strange places. Men can never look at the sun, except downwards, at his reflection in things of...

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is a chef and writer originally from Dublin and now lives in Chicago. His debut book Somewhere but not Here was selected by Vinita Agrawal for the RL Poetry Award, 2016 International...
Bobbie Sparrow - Beat the same drum

Bobbie Sparrow – Beat the same drum

It’s not enough to suckle and rear two sons who have never been here before    nor will ever be seen again it’s not enough to hold a home in your heart invisibly    steer it with spirit it’s not enough...
Bobbie Sparrow - One degree warmer

Bobbie Sparrow – One degree warmer

Digging a hollow for an apple sapling, roots trembling digging for gold springs the rush of greed digging sand castles of delight for small boys digging the earth’s navel to show she’s been claimed digging my father’s grave...

Mikael Niemi – The man who died like a salmon

It is considered as a crime novel, but perhaps this is due to a habit rather than to a true adherence to this style. Well, the triggering event that starts the book’s plot is...

The Sky Is Red

1944. In the slum of a rural town, Carla and Giulia, hardly more than children, live together with their grandma. Carla is tough, determined and, despite her young age, unscrupulous; Giulia is nice and...

Bobbie Sparrow – New years day 2018

Four sheep stand round in grown comfort on top of a frost- bitten hill the ragged bushes at their back stop no wind two kneel to tooth the grass filling their bellies with the surprising green you could stare straight into the...

POPULAR

Antonia Buizza – Friends

“What time is it?” “A quarter to nine already”. “What shall we do? Shall we order?” “I would say yes. I think we have waited too long...

Elsa Morante – The Andalusian Shawl

In 1963  at nearly 50 years of age and during a really difficult period of personal crisis in her life,  the writer Elsa Morante...

Ludovico Ariosto – Satires

“My seat for a turnip” What would you think of the life of Ludovico Ariosto, an author capable of creating a poem such as the...

Kobus Moolman – A Book of Rooms

The multi-award-winning South African poet Kobus Moolman begins his seventh poetry collection with a quotation by Georges Perec: Even if I have the help only...

Ilona Jerger – And Marx kept silent in Darwin’s garden

A novel that tells, with frequent flash-backs, the last years of two of the most important minds of the nineteenth century: Charles Darwin and...