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Milk Snake

Milk Snake


Milk Snake is a collection of poems by Toby Buckley. Cover by Amy Louise Evans.

from sleep and warm
water and no glasses
i spot an uncertain comma


he drags his tail up my
shower wall cumbersome
and not unmaggotesque and i
can see


his guts
or maybe it’s
his dinner

– from ‘companion’

Page count: 36

Publication date: 21 July 2022

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915989

GTIN: 9781912915989 SKU: 9781912915989-1 Categories: , , Tags: ,

Toby Buckley

Toby Buckley is an archivist and writer from Donegal, currently based in Belfast. He completed his MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast as the first recipient of the Ruth West Poetry Award Scholarship. His work has appeared in numerous literary publications including Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Channel Magazine and the Doire Press anthology, Empty House (2021).


Milk Snake is the debut pamphlet from Donegal poet Toby Buckley, who is based in Belfast. In Milk Snake, Buckley invites us to look at the world from a slightly different angle, where small things become unsettling if you look closely enough. The poet explores queerness, displacement and trauma through clear-voiced, deceptively gentle poems about fishermen, maggots and bees.

These lightly-done poems about wildlife and the sea, laced with an underlying sense of queasiness, herald a new Irish LGBTQIA+ voice, who will be of interest to readers who enjoyed Queering the Green (ed. Paul Maddern), published by The Lifeboat in 2021.

Praise for Milk Snake

“These are poems, then, which bring moments, memories and relationships into sharp focus. Buckley takes the image and makes it central; in doing so, he creates a poetry at once sensual and evocative. – Isabelle Thompson, Sphinx Review

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × .5 × 19.8 cm

Pamphlet, eBook

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