By Francis Harvey

Donegal Haiku

A collection of haiku by the much admired Donegal based poet Francis Harvey, inspired by his home place.


Francis Harvey’s poetry has long been firmly earthed in the Donegal landscape that his been his homeland for much of his life. By times delicate and elegiac, by times fiercely impassioned and tough-minded, his poetry is much admired by those who know the rugged landscape of which he writes so powerfully as well as by those who first encountered through his poems. The publication of his Collected Poems in 2007 was a major event in the Irish poetry calendar, and showed Harvey to be as attentive as ever, both to philosophical subtleties and to the wonders of the natural world. Introducing that book, Moya Cannon referred to him as “a Basho-like figure”, so it is perhaps fitting that his latest work is a sequence of haiku, inspired by his beloved Errigal.

ISBN 978 1 901233 74 4 Paperback
90 pp., 203 x 127 mm
June 2013

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 978 1 901233 744
  • Size: : 203 x 127 mm
  • Pages: : 90 pp
  • Published: : June 2013

About The Author


Francis Harvey was a much-admired Irish poet and short fiction writer. Born in Enniskillen in 1925 he published five collections of poems, most recently Donegal Haiku (Dedalus Press, 2013), as well as Making Space: New & Selected Poems (Dedalus, 2001). His Collected Poems appeared from Dedalus in April 2007. Much of his work celebrated the flora and fauna of the Donegal landscape which was both his home and his inspiration on many walks and excursions, prompting Donegal poet Moya Cannot to refer to him as "a Basho-like figure". Among the many prizes his work received are The Irish Times/Yeats Summer School Prize, The Guardian/WWF Prize, and a Peterloo Prize. Francis Harvey died in 2014.