Building the Ark

Building the Ark, poetry from Ireland, Dedalus Press

Building the Ark is a single-poem volume by Pat Boran, with accompanying images. Part of the poet’s ongoing series of independent publications. The poem explore the essential relationship between humans and our animal companions. Reflecting on the Bible story of Noah and the Ark, it considers how, in times of great change, even stories we’ve known all our lives can have new things to reveal to us. Building the Ark is the text of the short poetry film of the same name.


Building the Ark by Pat Boran
Published by Orange Crate Books
Distributed by the Dedalus Press
12 January 2022
46 pp, 140 x 140 mm
ISBN 9780993172656 paperback


Also in this series: The Statues of Emo Court

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The Statues of Emo Court

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Separation and loss take many forms but the very act of recording may itself be celebratory. In these challenging times of social distancing and travel restrictions, many of us are feeling cut off from the places we love, while others struggle to come to terms with the loss of friends and family members. The Statues of Emo Court is an extended lyric, with photos by the author, dedicated to the poet’s late mother; in celebrating a place she loved, it looks outward in a time of heartache and sees everywhere the consolation and example by which we are inspired to carry on.

The Statues of Emo Court
Orange Crate Books
Distributed by the Dedalus Press
17 March 2021
54 pp, 140 x 140 mm
ISBN 9780993172649 paperback



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poems to tide you over

The Book of Life: Poems to Tide You Over is a major new anthology of poetry, in an attractive highly portable format like our best-selling The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems, and charting the journey of life from birth to death in poems drawn from some 40 years of publications from one of Ireland’s most respected poetry imprints.

Edited by Grace Wells the anthology includes poems by Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Paddy Bushe, Catherine Ann Cullen, Patrick Deeley, Katherine Duffy, Erin Fornoff, Francis Harvey, Ann Joyce, John Kelly, Paula Meehan, Gerry Murphy, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Paul Perry, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Mutsuo Takahashi, Ross Thompson, Grace Wells, Joseph Woods, Enda Wyley and many more.

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November 2023 sees the publication and launch of four new titles, by Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, David Nash and Lani O’Hanlon.

Once Was a Boy by Theo Dorgan and The Solace of Artemis will be launched in Dublin at Club na Múinteoirí, Dublin 1, on Monday 13 November.

Landscape of the Body
by Lani O’Hanlon will be launched in Dungarvan on Thursday 16 November.

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A Man Is Only As Good

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A Man is Only as Good, a pocket-sized edition of the poems of Pat Boran, significantly refines the selection from New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2007) while extending it with poems taken from Boran’s 2012 collection The Next Life. As such, with the exception of the poems in Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (Orange Crate Books, 2015) – a book-length sequence – A Man Is Only As Good draws on all of Boran’s poetry collections to date, namely: The Unwound Clock (1990), the chapbook History and Promise (1990), Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996), As the Hand, the Glove (2001) and The Next Life (2012).

“His poems are flexible enough to lift off the page.”
Poetry Ireland Review

A Man Is Only As Good by Pat Boran is published by Orange Crate Books and distributed by Dedalus Press.

Pat Boran

A man is only as good
as what he says to a dog
when he has to get up out of bed
in the middle of a wintry night
because some damned dog has been barking;

and he goes and opens the door
in his vest and boxer shorts
and there on the pock-marked wasteground
called a playing field out front
he finds the mutt with one paw

raised in expectation
and an expression that says: Thank God
for a minute there I thought
there was no one awake but me
in this goddamned town.

Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku

Waveforms by Pat Boran cover. Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world
Pat Boran’s haiku sequence (or rensaku) explores the flora and fauna of Dublin Bay’s (North) Bull Island, a land mass formed by the changing currents in the bay after the construction of the North Bull Wall (between 1820–25) in an effort to improve access to the port. Boran’s rhyming haiku observe the interplay of bird, human and plant life on the island, and celebrate the delicate balance of a biosphere on the very doorstep of Ireland’s capital city. The book is illustrated by the author’s own photographs of the island, taken over the course of a year of daily visits.



Waves themselves, their wings
flashing silver when they turn
as one – the starlings.


Maids from Cabra West,
Painted Lady butterflies
up from Marrakech …


Old man in a car
staring out to sea, Tosca
singing from the heart.


“Sharply entertaining and perceptive … Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku” includes “scores of haiku with Boran’s photographs, each a telling monochrome moment of its own … if you’ve ever wondered what this ancient poetic form can offer today, try this little book for €10.” – Michael Viney, The Irish Times

“A homage in haiku to the airy, aqueous spirit of that legendary stretch of land …” RTÉ TEN. Read the full review HERE.

Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku is published by Orange Crate Books and distributed by Dedalus Press.