David Jibson

Belfast, Maine 

Scrabbling over the dark rocks,
dodging blasts of cold spray,
I picked up the molt of a horseshoe crab,
a creature little changed
in half a billion years
and wondered at what wisdom
there is in the sea.

David Jibson is co-editor of Third Wednesday, a quarterly journal of literary and visual art.

James Mc Elroy

Cuckoo

Different from your
winter quarters in Africa
you come, because I’ve seen you,
and cruise like an accipiter in
heat along the near side of
Divis Mountain before it becomes
one more housing estate in Belfast
just off the Ballygomartin Road.

James Mc Elroy grew up in Belfast and now teaches at The University Of California.