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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Bumble Bee

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The happiest thing I saw today was a bumble bee when I went for a walk after work. I guess summer is coming. I looked for a poem about bees and came across this, yet it's the image of the voice of a violin lasting in the air and leading into a starry night that strikes me now.

A Song on the End of the World

On the day the world ends
A bee circles a clover,
A fisherman mends a glimmering net.
Happy porpoises jump in the sea,
By the rainspout young sparrows are playing
And the snake is gold-skinned as it should always be.

On the day the world ends
Women walk through the fields under their umbrellas,
A drunkard grows sleepy at the edge of a lawn,
Vegetable peddlers shout in the street
And a yellow-sailed boat comes nearer the island,
The voice of a violin lasts in the air
And leads into a starry night.

And those who expected lightning and thunder
Are disappointed.
And those who expected signs and archangels’ trumps
Do not believe it is happening now.
As long as the sun and the moon are above,
As long as the bumblebee visits a rose,
As long as rosy infants are born
No one believes it is happening now.

Only a white-haired old man, who would be a prophet
Yet is not a prophet, for he’s much too busy,
Repeats while he binds his tomatoes:
No other end of the world will there be,
No other end of the world will there be.

Czeslaw Milosz

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Boyne Berries 1916 Launch, Thursday, 31st March.

 


Featuring the work of 29 poets and 5 writers of fiction Boyne Berries 1916 will be launched this coming Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim, Co Meath. Many of the contributors to the magazine will attend and read on the night. The attendance of family and friends is welcome. If you have an interest in poetry, prose or in the commemoration of 1916 come along too. It is a free event and the magazine will be available to purchase on the night.

The magazine will be launched by poet Tom French. Tom has published three collection with the renowned Gallery Press; Touching the Bones which won the Forward Prize for a first collection in 2002, The Fire Step (2009) and Midnightstown (2014). He has also published The Night Ahead (2013) and Taking the Oath (2015) with Smithereens Press He has recently won the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy award for poetry. The Boyne Writers' Group are honoured to have him launch this edition of the magazine.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Boyne Writers' Reading in Longwood this Easter Sunday

 
Boyne Berries 1916 - Cover Design Rory O'Sullivan


As part of Meath's 1916 centenary events the Boyne Writers' Group will give a poetry reading this Easter Sunday between 4 and 5 p.m. at Longwood Fair Green. We hope to preview Boyne Berries 1916 at the event.

Longwood Fair Green - Family Day - Celebrating Community 1916 -2016. Remembering Thomas Allen and Eamonn Duggan. Easter Sunday Family day for 1916. Celebrating community, families and children and those who contribute to Irish life.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Forward Prize 2016

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Thanks to Crannog Magazine  who have nominated my poem 'Look Back in Wonder' for The Forward Prize  for a single poem. The poem was published in Crannog 39 last summer. It's a very tough competition but it's good to be nominated.
 
It's been a productive weekend, one poem and one 2000 word short story written. I enjoyed the story immensely so maybe I should begin another one. Yet maybe a poem will come first.
 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Centenary in Poetry and Prose



Okay here we go. In advance of the launch of Boyne Berries 1916 on Thursday, 31st March at 8 p.m. I'm going to do a short review of Centenary in Poetry and Prose, published by The Meath Writers' Circle and edited by Frank Murphy of The Tara Poetry Blog.

The journal features work by members of The Meath Writers' Circle, some pieces by members of the Boyne Writers and two poems by Tom French, who will launch Boyne Berries 1916. All-in-all the local communities of Trim, Navan and its environs are well represented. I notice that Francis Ledwidge and Padraic Pearse have poems in here too; The Lament for Thomas MacDonagh and The Wayfarer.

Bird-hearted Bard of Boyne by Fr. Patrick Deighan shows some lovely turn of phrase. I enjoyed I Thank You For My Tomorrows by Michael Sheils and Monica Sherlock's Enough Said and The Dream. Myra Lalor's Rules of Execution is chilling but well written. There's lots to find nestled between the pages of this publication.

The cover image is great, it is a sculpture called Cuchulainn and Ferdia by Ann Meldon Hugh. Cuchulainn and Ferdia were brothers-in-arms I suppose. Congratulations to The Meath Writers' Circle. You can read more here The Tara Poetry Blog