Paula Bohince is the author of three books of poems, most recently Swallows and Waves. She is the 2020 John Montague ­International Poetry Fellow at University College Cork. (March 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

Epic Rain

Ten hours of continuousness, the audio promises, looped by a stranger who’s enhanced the thunder, embedded trickles from pine needles as from syringes, assembled clouds, vast and digital, to perform his soundtrack, so that a million amygdalae can relax together, the frazzled …

Zoo, Jardin des Plantes

Bee at the rose’s center, I’m participating in a fad that in a century will seem arcane, barbaric, a small crumpled photograph in a drawer or cloud might contain me, nearly out of frame, in the hands of some ancestor, who’ll see my dress…

Carousel

No motor, so a man must run, each hand on a horsey back, driving forward the stable. There is no other stallion. His slow son mans the post by the music (fast then faltering) and doles the golden rings. Every rider a girl, lifting …