Six of us attended the meeting on Thursday last. Maria Durnin had some prose about a singing competition she has competed in, Rory O'Sullivan a balladesque poem about the dark and fear, what hides in that, Eamon Cooke a poem he had revised since the last meeting about the sea and balance, Barbara Flood some thoughts about opposites, especially the light and dark, and I brought a poem called Sweep, which on one level is about cleaning out a stove fire. It would be fair to say that we were all influenced by the season. Ann Crinion told us about her new book of photography which will be launched in early December.
Eamon Cooke told us about his poetry collection Berry Time which was published by Dedalus Press in 2002. I had an interesting conversation with Rory about super heroes and he told me about the beauty of graveyards. One he spoke about somewhere between Trim and Navan sounded like an enchanted garden.
I was working on two pieces during the week. They're done now so I will be looking for something else to write about. There is a multitude of competitions to enter at the moment; The Trocaire Poetry Ireland Competiton, The National Poetry Competition with Windows Publications and Cavan Crystal, The Gregory O'Donoghue International Competiton and The Ballymaloe International Competition to name a big four. Most will look for poems of 40 lines or less and have deadlines in December so there is still time to write and submit.