English poetry

Poems in English

Cows

Even as we speak, there’s a smoker’s cough From behind the whitethorn hedge: we stop dead in our tracks; A […]

Anseo

When the master was calling the roll At the primary school in Collegelands, You were meant to call back Anseo […]

Holy Thursday

They’re kindly here, to let us linger so late, Long after the shutters are up. A waiter glides from the […]

The Birth

Seven o’clock. The seventh day of the seventh month of the year. No sooner have I got myself up in […]

Pineapples And Pomegranates

To think that, as a boy of thirteen, I would grapple With my first pineapple, Its exposed breast Setting itself […]

Immrama

I, too, have trailed my father’s spirit From the mud-walled cabin behind the mountain Where he was born and bred, […]

Cuba

My eldest sister arrived home that morning In her white muslin evening dress. ‘Who the hell do you think you […]

Promises, Promises

I am stretched out under the lean-to Of an old tobacco-shed On a farm in North Carolina. A cardinal sings […]

Tell

He opens the scullery door, and a sudden rush Of wind, as raw as raw, Brushes past him as he […]

The Avenue

Now that we’ve come to the end I’ve been trying to piece it together, Not that distance makes anything clearer. […]

The Coney

Although I have never learned to mow I suddenly found myself half-way through Last year’s pea-sticks And cauliflower stalks In […]