Chapbook: a wine cup with base

cover image

“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


Poetry NI: Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016


I have a haiku sequence published in the online anthology Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, from Poetry NI.

27 January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed by Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Poetry NI marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 with the release of this online anthology of work by poets throughout the whole of Ireland, reflecting on issues that remain as poignant and as relevant today as ever.

A free pdf of the anthology can be downloaded at the link below:

Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Further details on Poetry NI can be found at their website (link below):

Semne – November 2015


I have 4 poems published in translation in the latest issue (November 2015) of Romanian Literary journal ‘Semne,’ under the auspices of the Writers’ Union of Romania.

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

Click link below for a free pdf of the issue. The poetry appears on pages 65 – 66.  The poems can be read in English below.


jim semne



Bend your ear & listen closely

to the murmur of my heart.


A hummingbird has built her

nest there made from feathers,

leaves & thistledown.


I feel her wings thrum each

time you draw near.


Lie with me, we’ll tease the

nectar from our loins & feed

honey to her young.


First published in Lagan Press online: Poetry Originals (Ireland)




In the limbo between

dream & awakening I slip

inside the gathering

of your embrace.


Your sleep warm skin

cleaving fast to me

I am lost in a

revery of want.


First published in Lagan Press online: Poetry Originals (Ireland)




All winter long we

sowed seeds, nested.


Melded to one another we

battled the cold as our days

shortened with the nights.


With the seasons’ thaw came

an untangling.


We awoke upon a different dawn

highlighting the paucity of our need.


Come summer all that remained were

fingerprints on the dusty shelves & a

palm print on the mirror.


After the Harvest


Forgotten detritus

in the depths of

Dionysus’ heart: the

dried petals of a rose

& an apple core, the

ghost of a song played

on a lyre.


First published in Tellus #5 (UK

Alternante October 2015



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


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