Thirty Northern Irish poems for National Poetry Month

 

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Flattered to be included in ‘Thirty Northern Irish poems for National Poetry Month’ from Lagan Press.

Thirty Northern Irish poems for National Poetry Month

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a wine cup with base

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“However gifted and accomplished a man may be, there is something lacking if he does not pursue the art of love. He is like a precious wine cup without a base.” 

From Essays in idleness by Yoshida Kenkō, 1330—1332.

a wine cup with base by James Meredith

“A collection of 120 haiku, senryu and tanka, a wine cup with base is a love story told through the movement of the seasons. Meredith displays an engaging honesty and candidness, without threatening to compromise the tender tone throughout the entire sequence.”

Published 18/08/16 by Pen Points Press, Belfast.

Cover illustration and author photograph by William Simpson.

To purchase a copy please see link below:

a wine cup with base (purchase here)

Chapbook: a wine cup with base

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“However gifted and accomplished a man may be, there is something lacking if he does not pursue the art of love. He is like a precious wine cup without a base.” 

From Essays in idleness by Yoshida Kenkō, 1330—1332.

a wine cup with base by James Meredith

A collection of 120 haiku, senryū & tanka.

Published 18/08/16 by Pen Points Press, Belfast.

Price: £5

Cover illustration and author photograph by William Simpson.

a wine cup with base full cover back and front

Chapbook to be published in August 2016

James Meredith by William Simpson

Photo credit: William Simpson

 

I’m delighted to announce that my first chapbook, a wine cup with base, will be published by Pen Points Press in August 2016.

A collection of 120 interlinked tanka, haiku & senryu, a wine cup with base tells the story of a love affair across four seasons.

With a cover illustration by acclaimed comic book & storyboard artist William Simpson (Game of Thrones, Judge Dredd, Vamps, Transformers, Hellblazer and much more), the chapbook will be available to purchase from the Poetry NI website (www.poetryni.com) as well as select bookstores in Northern Ireland (more details soon).

More details at the link below:

Pen Points Press: James Meredith

Acolada September 2015

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I have 4 tanka and 16 haiku/senryu published in translation in the latest issue (September 2015) of Romanian Literary journal ‘Acolada.’

Many thanks to Dr. Iacob Olimpia for the translation work.

Click link below for a free pdf of the issue.

ACOLADA SEPT 15

4 Tanka

 

my insomnia

stretches hours spent without you

I stay up past dawn

thinking of you far away

& curse days of summer rain

*

lying on my bed

gazing at the rain falling

on skylight window

I imagine you astride me

as I rise upwards

*

hands holding my hands

as they cup your tender breasts

exquisite movement

as you quiver above me

your body taut as a bow

*

we will meet again

but until then let us recall

the long nights of spring

when we were almost lovers

moments away from joining

***

16 Haiku / Senryu

 

burning my notebooks

in a fire in the garden

sparks fly upward

*

ease me inside you

trembling like an autumn leaf

I am lost, again

*

your soft hands trembling

on the waistband of my jeans

precious memory

*

a wheatgrass vodka

to calm my turbulent mind

another might help

*

feeling it again

this pain as old as the world

another love lost

*

 

illusion gives birth

to absent realities ~

your dark mystery

*

in silent shadows

I see your dark mystery ~

lonely afternoon

*

I fall into sleep

in dreams I lie by your side

morning comes too soon

*

the land between us

the sea which separates us

bridged only by dreams

*

the July rains fall

as I count weeks without you

a blue moon above

*

the summer rain falls

washing away foolish tears

autumn in my heart

*

the bench where we kissed

is covered in fallen leaves

autumn come again

*

what keeps me from sleep?

the sight of the waning moon

from my closed window

*

as the sun rises

spider webs catch morning mist ~

these diamond days

*

in the autumn wind

her hair dancing like seaweed

on the shores of home

*

 

like two flightless birds

bathed in hard light of morning

this joyless coupling

***

 

 

 

Alternante October 2015

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I have 2 poems, Hades & Aphrodite and Fugue, as well as 20 haiku/senryu & 10 tanka  published in English in the October 2015 issue of Romanian literary journal ‘Alternante.’ Click the link below for a pdf of the journal. My work can be found on pages 92 – 94.

REVISTA ALTERNANTE Nr. 4 (9 ) 2015 BT (1)

Here is a link to the poetry online at Alternante website:

James Meredith 2 poems, 20 haiku/senryu & 10 tanka

Convorbiri Literare

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I have a 5 tanka sequence & two 5 haiku sequences published in translation in the latest issue of ‘Convorbiri Literare,’ a Romanian literary journal. Many thanks to Dr. Iacob Olimpia for the translation work.

 

Tanka sequence

 

lay aside my book

& laze eyes closed on the bed

as church bells chime through

blissful drift of memory—

languorous summer Sunday.

 

my tongue parts your lips

traces, strokes, makes figure eights,

dips & dances free—

trapped in the hairs of my beard

the scent of concupiscence.

 

your smile is like a

baby’s fist wrapped around the

thumb of a stranger

the purity of your trust

as your soft touch guides me in.

 

our clothes on the floor

& us naked on the bed

fusing nerves & flesh

even our breath united

in pure joyful noise.

 

when we move apart

our skin resists the leaving

aches for the joining

to endure, longs to linger

on the plain of completion.

 

Haiku sequence

 

frost on the doorstep ~

undressing in the bedroom

a thousand leaves fall

 

talking through the night

until lips meet in a kiss ~

red ribboned sunrise

 

cheap cotton panties

mismatched bra on porcelain skin ~

the pretty redhead

 

flame red on pale skin

the ghost of her underwear ~

autumn leaves burning

 

as the door closes

a vague longing left behind ~

two sparrows in flight

 

Haiku sequence

 

insolent eye stare

challenging me to seduce ~

your mouth like bruised fruit

 

the curve of your ass

the slight swell of your belly ~

the moon & the sun

 

your young smooth dark limbs

wrapped around my ageing form ~

autumn turns to spring

 

long nights making love ~

clouds drifting across the moon

the pattern of dreams

 

sleep filled with dreaming ~

sweeping up the fallen leaves

I am young again

 

Click link below to access my page, with the poetry in Romanian.

Convorbiri Literare JAMES MEREDITH