PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
Digital Access to PN Review
Access the latest issues, plus back issues of PN Review with Exact Editions For PN Review subscribers: to access the PN Review digital archive via the Exact Editions app Exactly or the Exact Editions website, you will first need to know your PN Review ID number. read more
PN Review Prize winners announced
Carcanet Press and PN Review are delighted to announce the winners of the first ever PN Review Prize. read more
Most Read... Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing
‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing

(PN Review 236)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Kei MillerIn the Shadow of Derek Walcott
1930–2017

(PN Review 235)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Gratis Ad 1
Gratis Ad 2
Next Issue Peter Scupham at 85: a celebration Contributions by Anne Stevenson, Robert Wells, Peter Davidson, Lawrence Sail

This poem is taken from PN Review 133, Volume 26 Number 5, May - June 2000.

Four Poems Sinéad Morrisey

Tourism

Like the relief of markets -
Their saffron-coloured cloths and carpets;
Purification where two rivers cross; or the widening line of light
Entering Newgrange on the winter solstice -

A manufactured prophesy of spring -
The Spanish and the Dutch are landing in airports
And filing out of ships. Our day has come.

They bring us deliverance, restitution,
As we straighten our ties, strengthen our lattés
Polish our teeth. We take them to those streets
They want to see most, at first,

As though it's all over and safe behind bus glass
Like a staked African wasp. Unabashedly, this is our splintered city
And this, the corrugated line between doorstep and headstone.

Next, fearing summary,
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image