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The Blush

He lived down the Littleton Road in his bender,
a homemade number, just a piece of green tarp
pulled over bent willow.  There he tended his she-goat
and minded the fire with bit-sods of turf,
old pieces of timber.  A gentle old man,

he came up to our farm only for water.
It fell into the pail from the tap in the yard. 
As shy as a wild hare he’d nod his head,
we’d nod back at him, and then he would smile.

When the bucket was brimful, it was back to the bender,
to the shaggy white she-goat with vertical pupils
and dung-yellow eyes.  Well-mannered tinker!
When once I swore, out of plain wonder,

with that flowery vocab country children acquire,
one hot afternoon as I passed by his site
with its smoky smell, its olor gitano,
‘Lord Jesus Almighty! She has only two tits!’

(for all other beasts in the known world had
four, or eight, or sometimes twelve,
except for us, to my girlish knowledge),

he coloured and flushed, and a ruddy tinge
seeped up from his neck and raddled his face,
and further rose, this fiery blush,
to his freckled ears, their hot, translucent tips.

Michael Marks Award 2012

Dream Endings won the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award 2012. Chair of Judges Alan Jenkins said: Roisin Tierney's subjects may be the dark ones of human vulnerability and anguish, but the poems in this wonderfully cohesive and well-organized sequence rest on solid and graceful foundations of precision, musicality and wit. A remarkable solo debut from this already much-noticed poet. More info here:

Dream Endings is available from Rack Press, here:

Publications (Pamphlets)

Dream Endings, Rack Press

Dream Endings begins with a glimpse of the poet's dying sister and concludes in high style with an unusually exuberant funeral. In between, Roisin Tierney assembles a cast of rare misfits and eccentrics in order to explore the interconnected themes of illness, madness, incest and death. Her vision is at all times tender and non-judgemental, and her language remarkable both for the limpidity of its surface and the depths it allows us to apprehend. £4

The Art Of Wiring, Ondt & Gracehoper

Poems by Simon Barraclough, Isobel Dixon, Luke Heeley, Christopher Reid, Liane Strauss, and Roisin Tierney. £8

Ask For It By Name, Unfold Press

Poems by Simon Barraclough, Olivia Cole, Isobel Dixon, Luke Heeley, Liane Strauss and Roisin Tierney. Design by Lynn Stewart. "A well-stocked anthology of fresh produce from six prize-winning poets. Behind the bottles and the butter you'll find Mussolini cheating on the tennis court and meet the shark from Jaws in a Yorkshire millpond; glimpse the love of woman for orang-utan and make it across the Spanish-Italian border; spy on the hobbies of cowboys and drink deep of the Molotov cocktail of love..." £5/€7,00


Poems by Simon Barraclough, Helen Clare, Andrew Dilger, Isobel Dixon and Roisin Tierney. Design by Lynne Stuart. £5

Gobby Deegan’s Riposte, Donut Press

Poems by Edward Barker, Susan Grindley, Valerie Josephs, Barbara Marsh, Graham Mummery, Daljit Nagra, John Stammers, Roisin Tierney, Sinead Wilson.


Dream Endings (Rack Press) - Winner- Michael Marks Award 2012
Gothic - joint 2nd prize in the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Competition 2007
Invierno - commended in the Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2007
Trajectory - runner up in Strokestown Poetry Competition 2006
Untitled – longlisted for Bridport Prize 2005
Becoming – 2nd Prize at the Oxfam Literature Festival 2004
Feet - Winner of supplementary prize in the Bridport Prize 2002
Crush -A Special Commendation and runners up prize in the 7th How do I love thee? Open Poetry Competition Jan 2002.
Half Mile Down - shortlisted for the 2001 TLS Poetry Competition