Eva PicEva Bourke is originally from Germany but has lived in Ireland most of her life. She has published six collections of poetry, most recently piano  (May 2011, Dedalus Press, Dublin), two comprehensive anthologies of contemporary Irish poets in German translation, as well as a collection by the German poet Elisabeth Borchers (Poetry Europe Series, Dedalus Press). Together with Bórbala Fárago she edited an anthology of immigrant poets to Ireland, entitled Landing Places  (2010, Dedalus Press). Her work has been translated into many languages, her collections The Latitude of Naples  and piano appeared in Italian translation in 2010 and 2011. She has lectured on poetry and taught creative writing at universities in the United States and Ireland. She teaches in the MfA program at NUI Galway, has received numerous awards and bursaries from the Arts Council and is a member of Aosdána.

Four German poets translated  by Eva Bourke

Gottfried Benn*


Not much of a conversationalist,
opinions were not his forte,
opinions don’t get to the point;
whenever Delacroix expounded his theories
he became restless, he himself couldn’t
account for the Nocturnes. More…


 Six poems by Mary Madec

Mary Madec has a B.A. and M.A from NUI, Galway and a PhD from The University of Pennsylvania. She has published poems here and abroad and in 2008 she won The Hennessy Prize for Emerging Poetry. In 2010 her first collection, In Other Words was published by Salmon Poetry.


If I were an artist I’d draw Demeter looking back,

Persephone stretching out like a light beam

into Spring. More…


Two poems by Kate Ennals

Kate Ennals is currently doing the MA in Writing in NUI Galway. She has lived in Ireland (Dublin, Cavan, Galway) for the last 20 years, and worked as a co-ordinator and manager in various anti poverty and community sector programmes.  She has managed a variety of communication networks and enjoys working with local people. Kate writes poetry and short stories in her spare time.

Picasso’s Eye

We inch along in a crowded crawl

Craning necks inspect pictures on walls…More….



G Hanberry and O Wilde (1)Gerard Hanberry is an award winning poet and writer who lives in Galway. His fourth collection of poetry is to be published by Salmon in 2013. This follows At Grattan Road (2009) also from Salmon. In 2011 The Collins Press published Hanberry’s biography of Oscar Wilde and the Wilde family, More Lives Than One-The Remarkable Wilde Family Through the Generations.


Did she ever hear laughter,
sweet and spontaneous,
even in her clinched youth
when all the rooms were dark
and the chapel was dark
like the burdened sky,
the mists and the grey-varnished lake? More…