Poetry by Peter O’Neill


The mesmerism of bottles and taps,

their totemic appearance out of the obscure

confines of the snug sanctuary of the Saloon.

All pubs need a symbol, this one’s was a plane.

The Viscount an old two propeller,

summoning up images of post-war flight.

The majesty of peaceful new horizons Blitz free!

Polished silver trophies rested solidly

beside the black and white photographs

of the teams of men in long shorts.

No postmodernism here, thank you very much.

Nor, any other concessions to the abyss outside.

Instead, what we had presented was a form of Irish-

Cartesian order and method, fused with absolute craic

delivered by Beckettian dialogues in varying degrees of inebriation.

About the contributor

Peter O’Neill is the author of six collections of poetry, the latest: Sker ( Lapwing, 2016), and The Muse is a Dominatrix ( mgv2>publishing, 2016). He’s also published a volume of translations The Enemy – Transversions from Charles Baudelaire ( Lapwing, 2015), and work of prose fiction More Micks than Dicks – a hybrid Beckettian novella in 3 genres (Famous Seamus, 2017).

Related Articles

Raine Geoghegan – Two poems

Geoghegan liberates sound in poems that celebrate the rich tapestry of gypsy folklore and culture.

2 poems by George Aird

George Airds poetry was shortlisted for the Maírtin Crawford award in 2019

Maggie Mackay, Poetry

A SPELL IN THE ASYLUM Dear departed Mrs Latta mists over as I wave, ghost-flesh melted into nothing, the only almost-mother...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More Like This

3 poems by David Slater

David Slater leads a poetry group in Newcastle upon Tyne. He completed an MA in creative writing at Northumbria University.

2 new poems by Chris Hardy

Roger McGough said ‘Chris consistently hits the right note’

3 Poems by Francis O’Hare

Francis O’Hare’s new collection, Sailing to Omeath, was published by Arlen House, Dublin (January 2020)

3 poems by Alun Robert

Poet Alun Robert’ work has been published widely, in 2019, he was a featured writer of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

Poetry by Featured Poet, Leeanne Quinn

Quinn is a flawless writer. She draws on the materials life has given her to create a pared but visionary poetry.