Declan Ryan's debut pamphlet was published as part of the Faber New Poets series. His second pamphlet, Fighters, Losers, was published last year by New Walk.
for Hugo Williams
I know the place. Rarely in the day,
usually down the back, among tifosi - inhumanists:
their one true love the shirt, its primary colours.
I’ve been here with different yous, nothing lasted -
beer at silver tables, the bells of midnight warming
up their golden throats, leopard jackets,
summer air a song about late light, God in violet
heaven; Amaretto, Amaretti, Amarat...
This morning at the bar, Rocky Marciano
makes eye-contact from the cave of his record
Monochrome, hermetic, perfected - he knows about me,
what this over-priced coffee means to say
start over, cuore rosso, today is young,
anywhere but here it might seem possible, etc.