Bewails not the rain;

lessens not the snow;

leave him to the night

to shout us into dawn.


He alone intuits light

from his certainty of dark,

the sad Luciferic seedling

squeezing forth a tear.


The poet! Today is our pouring!

Silence is the threshold of his stick

where hope will blossom.

Violet is the sum of deletion!

johnw_sexton2012John W. Sexton ( Ireland)

John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of four previous poetry collections: The Prince’s Brief Career, Foreword by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1996), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005), andPetit Mal (Revival Press 2009).
He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTE Radio 1, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are both published by The O’Brien Press and have been translated into Italian and Serbian.
Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records.
He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry


Viorel Ploeşteanu

Nu-l plângeţi pe cel care plouă;

Nu râdeţi pe cel care ninge;

Lăsaţi-l în noapte să strige

Făcându-nenoapte şi nouă.


El singur mai ştie să vadă

Lumină, când e întuneric,

În tristul răsad luciferic

Lăsându-şi lacrima să cadă.


E dus dintre noi, azi, poetul!

Tăcut, lângă uşă toiagul

Mai speră să-i vină pribeagul.

Ce şters e acum violetul!