Starlight by Alice Kinsella


In late summer almost winter

they’d lock the cows up for a day

to take away their young.


I’d sit up sometimes even then,

whispering your name into the stars,

the lowing of mothers hanging heavy

late into the night.


They did not know that

what they were calling

was already dead.



Alice Kinsella’s poetry is published in Banshee, The Lonely Crowd, The Irish TimesBest New British and Irish Poets 2018, and Poetry Ireland Review. She was SICCDA writer in residence 2017, and received a John Hewitt bursary in the same year. Her first book, Flower Press, was published in 2018. You can purchase a signed copy of Flower Press at Take Heart Pop Up Art, all proceeds to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

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