Poetry round-up: A distinctive, uncanny door to history slides open

New works from John McAuliffe, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Gerry Murphy

 Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s latest poetry  collection is called   The Mother House.  Photograph: Brian Mcgovern

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s latest poetry collection is called The Mother House. Photograph: Brian Mcgovern

John McAuliffe’s poetry is often described as domestic but there is nothing tame about McAuliffe’s rooms where anything could happen:

Once (I am 9 or 10, acting as if there was no use
in my thinking she’s the centre of the world),
my mother left the kitchen with tap running
over a half dozen peeled eggs in the steel sink.
The water’s a blur. Has she gone up town for milk?
The eggs are white and grey. And then the car returning…

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