Editor: John Jordan
It is almost nineteen years since Liam Miller of The Dolmen Press and the poet James Liddy came to me and asked me if I would edit a magazine called POETRY IRELAND, a title first coined by David Marcus in April 1948 then co-editor with Terence Smith of IRISH WRITING. David produced nineteen numbers of his POETRY IRELAND, and then seven reduced numbers as supplements to IRISH WRITING, making twenty-six numbers in all. His successor as editor of IRISH WRITING, Sean J. White, produced two POETRY IRELAND supplements, the last being in 1956.
So then in September 1962, with the assistance of James Liddy, James J. McAuley and Richard Weber, I produced the first issue of a new POETRY IRELAND; of the contributors Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, Donagh MacDonagh and Leslie Daiken are dead. But I find to my gratification that from that first issue and the five that followed (the last being a double issue edited by John Montague from material assembled by me) the following appear in this first issue of THE POETRY IRELAND REVIEW