Since so many Americans become Irish for the day on the Feast Day  of Saint Patrick , I figure it is the least we can do to acquaint ourselves with some of the country's culture  beyond our annual chats with Misters Jameson, Bushmill  and Guiness , and the odd bowl of Lucky Charms ®.
If you ask some folks, they'll tell you the Irish invented poetry. I don't know about that, but I do know they've been doing poetry for an awful long time, and doing it with alacrity, with inventiveness, and with the kind of zeal that only comes from deep in the bones.
Collections and Anthologies of Irish Verse
The Collected Poems in English and French  / Samuel Beckett
Eavan Boland  /
Contemporary Irish Poetry  / edited Anthony Bradley
Other: British and Irish Poetry Since 1970  [electronic resource] / edited by Richard Caddel and Peter Quartermain
Irish Americans: A Versified Company  / edited by Richard Demeter
Poems of Oliver Goldsmith  [computer file] / by Oliver Goldsmith
Electric Light  / Seamus Heaney
The Haw Lantern  / Seamus Heaney
The Midnight Verdict  / Seamus Heaney
Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996  / Seamus Heaney.
Ireland's Love Poems: Wonder and a Wild Desire  / edited by A. Norman Jeffares
James Joyce 
Ireland: The Living Landscape  / photographs by Tom Kelly. text by Peter Somerville-Large and Poetry by Seamus Heaney
The Penguin Book of Irish Verse  / edited by Brendan Kennelly
The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse  / edited by Thomas Kinsella 
Irish Poetry: An Interpretive Anthology from Before Swift to Yeats and After  / W.J. McCormack
Horse Latitudes: Poems  / Paul Muldoon .
The Complete Poems  / Jonathan Swift
Collected Poems by Oscar Wilde  [web site]
The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats  / edited by Richard J. Finneran
Other works  by W. B. Yeats
Oh, just as a curmudgeonly aside: putting green food coloring in your premium generic brand lite beer does not make it "irish." It makes it green. And stupid. As always, send hate mail, comments, suggestions for future posts and anything else that's on your mind via the "comments" link.