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Monday, April 22, 2013

Adeste Fideles

I'm having a read through of Crannog 32.  Fellow Boyne Writer Brendan Carey Kinnane has a poem included in this issue.  His poem is called Khayelitsha.  I haven't read anything of Brendan's in a while but this poem, like all his poems, is rich in language.  Kevin Graham, whom I admire has a poem included called The Snow Globe.   Clare Sawtell has a poem called When They Leave which I like too.  As I'm reading the journal I can't help smiling and thinking about how I want to write something new.  I love poetry.  Isn't it good that you can fall in love over and over again?  This bodes well for fidelity!  I don't even know where to start with Abridged Primal.  I suppose initially I'm drawn to Beth MacFarlane's Deep Shadows because it has a resonation with my poem Of the Crow.  I also like Vast, Illusive Sea by Jan Harris.  Kevin Graham has a poem in this too called Raw, as does Ann Egan who has a poem in Crannog 32 called Butterfly on a Rafter.  I also love Enda Coyle-Greene's Hedgehog.  There is so much to admire and think about in these magazines.  Needless to say I'm refreshed and inspired by the work. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Bicycle Diary

Photo: 2nd night back in the saddle & wishing for a long, hot summer!
Now while I should be finishing off my reflective practice journals for my course I've been making a new blog which can be found at This blog will be a diary of my trips cycling I intend.  I hope that it will motivate me too to get fit. 

I received copies of Crannog 32 and Abridged 0__29 Primal in the post in the past week and they are lovely.  I will retreat and read them over the weekend.

Until then!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Boyne Berries 13

Above is a photograph and a poem by Anne Crinion representing Knowth in Co. Meath.  It appears in Boyne Berries 13 alongside the print and poem Newgrange.  Boyne Berries 13 contains prose and poetry by members of The Boyne Writers' Group.  It also contains work by Tom French, Patrick Doherty, CP Stewart, Byron Beynon, Johanna C Leahy, Cliff Wedgbury, Barbara Leahy, Margaret Galvin, Kenneth Keating, Pearse Murray, Elaine Martin, Ana Maire Blackburn, Fiona Bolger, John Ennis, Liz Quirke, Gregoir O Duill, Armel Dagorn, Eileen Ni Shuilleabhain, Rachel Coventry, Alan McMonagle, Eithne Cavanagh, Mary Bradford, Tony Bailie, Paul McMahon, James Reid, Philip Quirke, Jane Blanchard, Maurice Devitt, Kevin Connelly, John Saunders, Marie Gethins, Chris Connolly, Louis Mulcahy, Teresa Sweeney, Dawn Lowe, Frank Joussen, Greg Bogaerts and Margaret Cahill. 
Boyne Berries 13 can be purchased from the following link:
Thanks to Frank Murphy for launching Boyne Berries 13.  He is pictured below at the launch in the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim with vice-chairperson Caroline Carey Finn.