Featured Poet in Poetry Ireland Review

Many thanks to Poetry Ireland Review for having me as featured poet in their latest issue, and to editor Eavan Boland for selecting my work ‘In America’ and ‘Dominio Vale do Mondego’ for inclusion. You can buy the issue here.

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RTE Poetry Programme

 

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I had a great time chatting and reading poems on the RTE Poetry Programme recently. The episode, which aired on RTE Radio 1 on October 7, 2018, is available to listen back to here. With many thanks to my fellow poets Sarah Byrne and James O’Leary, and presenter Olivia O’Leary.

‘A Deeply Poignant Execution’: the Los Angeles Review of Books on Rapture

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I have no words for the overwhelming generosity of the review of my book that recently appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Although I’m not sure I’d agree with its assertion that Rapture is one of the ‘greatest collections of poetry that the Irish literary canon has to offer’, those words are really something to wake up to during an ordinary week in August.

Many thanks to James O’Sullivan for his thoughtful piece on Rapture as well as on collections by my fantastic fellow poets Elaine Cosgrove (Transmissions) and Annemarie Ní Churreáin (Bloodroot).

You can read the review in its entirety here.

‘Cosmic Latte’ Appears in Magma

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I have been trying to get published in Magma for years, so I am truly honoured and thrilled to have a poem in its latest issue. ‘Cosmic Latte’ is dedicated to the women in my life who are more amazing than words could ever say.

Cosmic Latte is the official name given to the colour of space, which scientists have determined is a shade of ‘beigeish white.’ Professor of astronomy Jeffrey Newman said of the findings, ‘Our result can be expressed compactly in haiku form:

Look at new spring snow –
See the River of Heaven
An hour after dawn.’

 

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‘Mar-a-Lago’ and ‘Ophelia’ in the Mascara Literary Review

Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 12.49.17It is an honour to have two of my poems published in the latest issue of the Mascara Literary Review.

‘Mar-a-Lago’ takes its inspiration from Beyonce’s visual album
Lemonade, in particular its imagery of black women’s reclamation of colonial spaces in America like the plantation house.

While ‘Ophelia’ is on the surface about the storm of the same name that hit Ireland in autumn 2017, it is also concerned with a political situation–the amendment to our constitution that gives the unborn rights equal to that of a living woman.

The referendum in which people will vote to repeal this amendment will be held in Ireland on May 25.

‘Mar-a-Lago’ and ‘Ophelia’ are available to read here.

Poem of the Day: ‘The Hay-Carrier’ by Paul Durcan

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The Hay-Carrier by Paul Durcan

Have you ever saved hay in Mayo in the rain?
Have you ever saved hay in Mayo in the sun?
Have you ever carried above your head a haycock on a pitchfork:
Have you ever slept in a haybarn on the road from mayo to Egypt?
I am a hay-carrier.
My father was a hay-carrier.
My mother was a hay-carrier.
My brothers were hay-carriers.
My sisters were hay-carriers.
My wife is a hay-carrrier.
My son is a hay-carrier.
His sons are hay-carriers.
His daughters are hay-carriers.
We were always all hay-carriers.
We will always be hay-carriers.
For the great gate of night stands painted red—
And all of heaven lies waiting to be fed.