POEM – I’m so Black – R.J. Wright & Xach Blunt

Originally published in 2017 by Write About Now (WAN) on YouTube, but I’ve only discovered it today. https://youtu.be/-yjXRm1yLQg Visit the WAN website - I’ve linked to their statement on Black Lives Matter here.

POEM – You don’t get to be racist and Irish – Imelda May

Imelda May has written a poem about the times we are living in, recently released on the RTE website. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2589654271286177

POEM – The Hollow Men – T. S. Eliot

No idea why this has popped into my head. Nope. Not a clue. [Pssst - this is the Eliot with the super famous last line!] The Son Of Man - René Magritte The Hollow Men Mistah Kurtz-he dead            A penny for the Old Guy I     We are the … Continue reading POEM – The Hollow Men – T. S. Eliot

POEM – The Orange by Wendy Cope

This always cheers me up. At lunchtime I bought a huge orangeThe size of it made us all laugh.I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave - They got quarters and I had a half. And that orange it made me so happy,As ordinary things often doJust lately. The shopping. A walk in … Continue reading POEM – The Orange by Wendy Cope

AUDIO – Fergal Keane reads from Benedictus

BBC Correspondent Fergal Keane has posted an audio clip of him reading a verse that gives him hope. From Benedictus, a book of blessing by John O’Donohue. This is the time to be slow,Lie low to the wallUntil the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to letThe wire brush of doubtScrape from your … Continue reading AUDIO – Fergal Keane reads from Benedictus

THEATRE – Insane Animals @HOME_mcr

Based on fiction. Inspired by facts. Written in lipstick. Held together by hairspray. Just in from an incredible theatrical spectacular - Insane Animals by Bourgeois and Maurice. This was my first experience of Bourgeois (George Hayworth) and Maurice (Liv Morris) - a sibling set of trendsetting aliens from a planet you won’t have heard of … Continue reading THEATRE – Insane Animals @HOME_mcr

Irish Eyes – Poets and Writers

On a recent trip home, I popped into the National Library and spotted this beauty. The painting is by the Danish artist, Claus Havemann. He has worked out of a studio in Cork for almost forty years. Who's who? The writers and poets shown in the painting: Samuel Beckett, Molly Keane, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, … Continue reading Irish Eyes – Poets and Writers

National Poetry Day

The theme for this year is 'Truth' No Second Troy BY William Butler Yeats Why should I blame her that she filled my days  With misery, or that she would of late  Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,  Or hurled the little streets upon the great,  Had they but courage equal to desire?  What … Continue reading National Poetry Day

LISTEN – Poems for Idle Workers- BBC Radio 4

From the BBC website A series of small poems by Holly Pester, set in the brief pauses of work-breaks. Inspired by Virgil, absurdism, and sound poetry. In the year 42 BC, the Latin poet Virgil began to write his famous Eclogues (the term comes from a word meaning sketch or draft), reflecting tensions in the … Continue reading LISTEN – Poems for Idle Workers- BBC Radio 4

Poetry in action

As taken by @HalfPintBlonde Wall poetry in Leiden, which is a lovely little town that looks quintessentially Dutch, down to the windmill at the edge of the canal 🌷 I love seeing art and words and poetry in action. Excellent spot K and thanks for letting me share! You can follow @HalfPintBlonde (and why wouldn't … Continue reading Poetry in action