Abstract Magazine International | From Slieve Donard by Alex Smith
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From Slieve Donard by Alex Smith

09 Jul 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Jelly Fish by Julia Hadrich


Out here,

in the highlands,

the poorest earth,

at the end of learning,

the earth eats itself, snug in its rot

and the ravens nest unruffled by the winds.

But you,

you yell at the hills,

scream your surrender,

knowing your knowing means nothing to them,

the mute Mourne gods,

salt-worn and waiting.

You know too late

of the




of yesterday.

This sea is parched

so empty your lungs,

pour your little years into its depths.

Too late.

Too late the call.

Leave yourself mute,

spent, because

the clanking granite arm of the untamed bay,

soporific in its beauty;

wilder than your worst,

knows the windsong of each tor and drumlin.

Out here

you can see your ancestors.

Their broad backs clung to the trees,

to the rock

the land

the sea

and the same sad ideals,

strong and fickle as the same wind,

comfortable in the same close circles;

as warm and small as nests.

About the author:

With a foot firmly on each side of the Irish Sea, Alex Smith was raised in troubled Northern Ireland during the Eighties before moving to the slightly less troubled south coast and later the midlands of England for the Noughties. Educated in all things English and Spanish at the Queen’s University of Belfast and in all things educational at the University of Chichester, Smith comes from that stable of pared-down, plain-speaking poets such as Muldoon and Armitage. His work has taken him to some of the most socially deprived schools in England. His poetry has been published in ‘Carousel County Down,’ online at ‘Clear Water Poetry’, ‘ABCTales’ (where he also edits) and in ‘The UK Poetry Library’ and has a collection entitled ‘Home’ coming soon through Cerasus Poetry.

Art: Jelly Fish by Julia Hadrich

In the artist’s words: 

Julia Hadrich is an aspiring photographer living in Peoria, AZ. Majoring in photography and a minor in photo-editing, she received an Associate in Arts from Rio Salado College. From camera obscura to the immensely challenging world of digital, Julia has been emerged herself in the history of photography. Not only does Julia continue to learn different techniques, she challenges her photography skill by entering online photography sites such as; Viewbug and Photocrowd but also, in local art competitions. In February 2012, during the Arizona Centennial, her photographs were displayed at the Phoenix Art Museum.

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