Our latest poem of the week comes from Space, the latest collection from poet and broadcaster John Kelly. John talks to The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 here.

Intense, full of humour, and with the poet's eye for the telling detail, the poems in Space take us from the wonders of the everyday to the deep and mysterious spaces beyond – and beyond again.


In the dry hills above Malaga

there's a goldfinch held captive

in a shop that sells ice-cream to tourists.


I would toss that place, and I should,

but I’ve protested things before

only to find no other pilgrim shares my rage.


Or worse again, only for the goldfinch itself,

or the bullfinch or the siskin

to hop, still singing, back into the cage.

Space is published by Dedalus Press