8 HAIKU AFTER ULYSSES, BLOOMSDAY

 

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Nimbly leaping,
Wing-like hands all fluttering.
The forty-foot hole.

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Make room in the bed
Said he with key now at hand
And plump body plunged.

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Tell him she says but
What can he do, if not smoke?
Life’s not a rose bed.

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Lethargy. Flowers.
The air feeds most. Sensitive.
Botanic Hothouse.

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5

The thirty-two feet
Per second. Careless air. Law
Of falling bodies.

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Almond and benzoin-
It brings out her darkness when
Added to white wax.

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Sweet lemony wax
Yes I. Do it in the bath.
Curious longing.

8

Her tongue was too long.
Her blouse- too open, she says.
Pot calls to kettle.

 

All words and photographs by Damien B Donnelly. Inspired by Ulysses by James Joyce for Bloomsday2020

 

POSTS AND PINS, LOTUS EATERS, BLOOMSDAY

 

Are there any letters for me?

Soldiers eyes watch
from behind dead frames
while he assumes to be a flower.

Henry hopes
and hosts thoughts of other blooms

like his wife back in bed
eating bread and singing of other men.

Leo sent lines off to lift temperatures
naughty he is beyond his Molly-
all boiling with Brazen

The reader turns writer
and returns a pin with a promise to punish

But the dead soldiers will never rise
And dreamer sees only a bath of limp flowers.

What rose blooms without a thorn.

Purchasing lemon scented soap
he thinks of others while dreaming of bathing.

Letters float out from under bridges. Limp.

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All words and photographs by Damien B Donnelly

BLOOMSDAY; A BIT OF ULYSSES TRIP AROUND DUBLIN

 

James Joyce Martello Tower, Sandycove, opening of Ulysses, Telemachus- with Stephen, Buck, Haines and the Milk Woman

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The Forty Foot, from the opening chapter

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The Door of Eccles Street, home to Leopold and Molly Bloom now in the James Joyce Museum

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Sandymount and Strand from Proteus with Stephen Dedalus

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Formerly the spot of Nelson’s Pillar, now the Spire in O’Connelly Street opposite the GPO where Bloom, under the pseudonym of Henry Flower ,collects a letter

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The General Post Office, O’Connell Street 

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The National Museum where Leopold Bloom escapes Blazes Boland in Chapter 8

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The National Library from chapter 9 featuring Leopold Bloom and Stephen and ‘Hamlet’

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Sweny, the chemist where Bloom buys Lemon Scent Soap and his wife’s lotion in ‘Lotus Eaters’

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Glasnevin Cemetery for Paddy Dignam’s funeral 

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The Wooden Bridge out to Bull Island which Stephen Dedalus crosses in The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, prior to the timings of Ulysses

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The James Joyce Center, Dublin

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Haiku at Jame Joyce Museum

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Joyce remembered at Moli, Museum of Literature, Ireland 

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All photographs of Joyces’ Dublin by Damien B. Donnelly

 

FOR BREAKFAST, FOUND POEM FOR BLOOMSDAY

 

Relish inner organs,
beasts and fowl-
roast heart, slices of all kidneys.

In the kitchen, breakfast,
light and air, out of doors,
everywhere peckish.

Coals reddening.
Sideways, squat. Soon. Mouth dry.

A leg with tail, on high, fire.

Lithe black form- sleek hide, white butt.

She understands. She wants.
She can jump her nature-

curious squeal.

Seem to like it.
Shame.

He
poured milk
on a saucer, on the floor.

She cried, running.
Weak light, she licked lightly.

Wonder is it true,
if you clip them?

  

Found poem by Damien B. Donnelly

based on opening page of Calypso in Ulysses by James Joyce for Bloomsday 2020

CALYPSO, AFTER ULYSSES, BLOOMSDAY

 

Transmigration.
Reincarnation.
All things
come round again.

Stale smells fester
like ripened leftovers
behind unopened windows,
taunt like tips of teased letters
pressed under brazened pillow.

Downstairs,
black beast devours
burnt flesh in the kitchen
next to the faint flavourings
of a urine scented
kidney.

Scald the kettle,
she calls and he does,
doesn’t he? Before relieving himself
in the jakes out back.

Stale smells fester.

 

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All words and photographs by Damien B Donnelly

TELEMACHUS BY THE 40FT, BLOOMSDAY

 

Dreams are big black cats.

There are ghouls that come in waves,
the Sea- a grey sweet mother
snot green, scrotum tightening,
come and look, smell-

wax and rosewood
in the distance, death has not yet departed.

Waves rise along rock,
bile is collected in china plate.

The sea is grey, the china white, bile green,
he is black but won’t go yet to grey

though he did not come to knee.
Beastly.

On a bed death has already delivered
mother kicks buttercups off the quilt.

Beastly is death and it’s deliverance
and worse, when it will not take its leave.

There are ghouls sweeping in over the sea,
cruel chewers of corpses

while dead Dignam has yet to be dug down.

Black cats are big in dreams.

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All words and photographs by Damien B Donnelly. Inspired by Ulysses by James Joyce.

Bloomsday 16th June

UP IN DUBLIN, LITERARY GHOSTS

The door from 7 Ecceles street which Joyce made into a home for Leopold Bloom in his novel Ulysses 

Haiku poetry based on Ulysses 

James Joyce

Sweny Druggist in Dublin, featured in the novel Ulysses

Exterior of Blooms Hotel, Dublin 

The Dublin Writers Museum 

Beckett, Shaw, Wilde, Joyce, Behan, Yeats, Kavanagh, O’Brien…

Samuel Beckett

Bram Stoker 

Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square

WB Yeats exhibition in The National Library 

Yeats’ love and muse who rejected him for the wild streets of the rebellion, Maud Gonne

Lady Gregory, co-founder of The Abbey Theatre with Yeats

No Second Troy, Yeats and his poem for Maud

All photographs by Damien B. Donnelly