Publishers of Irish Poetry and Drama

Poem of the Month

July’s Poem of the Month comes from Justin Quinn’s forthcoming collection Early House


Waste Ground

Bus station: women
walking towards it,
early morning.

They have flowers,
water movements
and zigzags

on their print dresses.
Their armpits
slightly damp

though it’s early.
There must be men
moving around

somewhere: shades
that other men
can’t see at all

when midsummer —
a long wave
gathered from

the fields beyond —
breaks suddenly
on the bus station

at the edge of the city
(great junkyard
that the weeds

start winning back).
My flesh turns into
nettles, worts,

swaying burdocks,
and whiplash hoops
of tangling briars.


               by Justin Quinn
               from Early House (2015)