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Colin Dardis

Colin Dardis 2018Colin Dardis is a poet, editor and freelance arts facilitator from Northern Ireland. He was one of Eyewear Publishing's Best New British and Irish Poets 2016, with a collection from Eyewear, 'the x of y', forthcoming in early 2018.
Colin is also the founder of Poetry NI and editor for Lagan Online. His work has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA.

Colin's microchap & selected poem are available below. 

Origami Microchap

Selected Poem(s)



Colin Dardis CVR Traginares 2018 

Cover design by poet

The title, Traginares, takes its name

from the Latin root for 'train'.



Train Scenes


Only the birds are out this morning.

Dogs remain crouched at their front doors,

fishermen choose the blanket over the reel.


The waves’ flurry washes away

a scurry of sandpipers

as a train cuts through the mist.


It’s a watercolour with grey wash

even the goats can’t escape, the cows

anchored to their fields, stoic as rock.


Workmen abroad at Bellarina,

their hi-vis overalls two drops of sun

against this Autumn sky.


Underneath it all, a row of crows,

a tractor persisting,

a farm shed collapsing.

Colin Dardis © 2018