Poems of the week: Eight Haiku

New works by Liam Carson

Liam Carson. Photograph: Jim Berkeley

Liam Carson. Photograph: Jim Berkeley


snow swirling
outside the Railway Tavern –
first night in London

two old queens
mourn Liberace –
dust in sunlight

a fug of beer and weed
in the blazing sun –
The Pogues in the park

bubblegum scent
of amyl nitrate –
Goth club in Soho


hot sun at Slane…
Dylan’s long black coat
blows in the wind

belting out blues…
the mascara running
down Dylan’s face

a blazing day…
Dylan sings
of no heat in winter

new to Dublin…
waft of patchouli oil
in the Dandelion market

Liam Carson is director of the Imram Irish Language Literature Festival and author of the memoir Call Mother a Lonely Field. He is currently writing a memoir of vivid dreaming and the current pandemic, called Snow Angels in Darkness