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By Pat Boran

Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku

Pat Boran’s haiku sequence (or rensaku) celebrates the 200-year old island in Dublin Bay.
[A]n exquisitely designed pocket-sized book … Pat Boran has rendered the small and not so small world of Bull island with precision, thoughtfulness and sheer easy artistry.  Employing the ‘venerable form’ of the haiku, he has enlivened it and captured the island. Just as the island appeared out of the blue two hundred years ago, it embodies, with its ecosystem and day-trippers, a certain fragility and transience applicable to all of us.
Journal of Irish Studies (Japan)


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 Boran’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

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


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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 978 0 993172 60 1
  • Size: : 155 x 105 mm
  • Pages: : 120 pp
  • Published: : April 2015

About The Author


PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin where he works as an editor and broadcaster. He has held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence with libraries and third level institutions and has published five full-length collections of poetry as well as a New and Selected volume. His New and Selected Poems, with an introduction by the late Dennis O'Driscoll, was published in 2005 and reissued in 2007. Editions have appeared in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian. Fiction publications include short story collection, Strange Bedfellows (1991) and his children's book, All the Way from China (1999), a finalist for the Bisto Book of the Year Award. Non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (revised and updated in 2013) and A Short History of Dublin (2000). His warmly received memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published in December 2009 and reprinted a month later. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, he has edited numerous anthologies, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), Shine On, poetry and prose in support of those affected by mental ill health and, with Gerard Smyth, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, the 2014 Dublin: Once City, One Book choice. A member of Aosdána, he received the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award in the US in 2008. (see also REVIEW EXCERPTS "A writer of great tenderness and lyricism" — Agenda (UK) "A kind of lateral visionary; his poems are never only about what they seem to be about" — Bernard O'Donoghue, The Irish Times

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