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Pantoum for Limerick National City of Culture 2014

Pantoum for Limerick National City of Culture 2014

 
I will be taking stock of resourcing requirements
in the light of everyone else having resigned.
I am determined to hit the reset button.
I am moving on in a calm and deliberative way.
 
In the light of everyone else having resigned,
I’m absolutely satisfied we have the capacity.
I am moving on in a calm and deliberative way.
I would like to thank those who ran screaming from the building.
 
I’m absolutely satisfied we have the capacity.
It’s been a challenging start but we need to draw a line under this.
I would like to thank those who ran screaming from the building.
I may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
 
It’s been a challenging start but we need to draw a line under this.
I am humbled by what I’ve heard here tonight.
I may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
This is a lot more complicated than what actually happened.
 
I am humbled by what I’ve heard here tonight.
I am determined to hit the reset button.
This is a lot more complicated than what actually happened.
I will be taking stock of resourcing requirements.

© KEVIN HIGGINS


 
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Kevin author photo December 2013 (1)

Kevin Higgins facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre and teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bush literary magazine and is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway City. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. His work also features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture, his third collection of poem, was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011), Canberra, Australia (2011), St. Louis, USA (2013), Boston, USA (2013) & Amherst, Massachusetts (2013). In November and December 2013 Kevin also read his work in Basel, Switzerland and Phoenix & Tucson, Arizona. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews was published in April 2012 by Salmon. Mentioning The War has been described by Clare Daly T.D as “a really good and provocative read. It will jolt you; it will certainly touch you; make you laugh; maybe make you snarl a little bit as well, depending on where you come from or what your background is.” Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Japanese & Portuguese. The Ghost In The Lobby is Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry will be launched early Spring 2014.

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7 Comments

  1. Great piece Kevin, keep up the good work. Listening to the great Mr. Cox is like listening to a Masters class at the Terry Prone University of meaningless soundbites. Going forward, he will, I am assured, do his utmost to include all stakeholders and listen to other voices–from good people.

  2. I had no words today. The note looked dictated and used language like ‘mob-rule’. Limerick evidently cares more about its culture than top-heavy salaries and quite boring approaches to the arts.

    Good on Limerick. My ma was born there, so a connection for me.

  3. Well the arts should be lively, its not a political parlour game. Dilution and or censorship of the energy that drives a new generation of artists is imo an attempt to stymie. When this dreadful episode is over and people look at it dispassionately, they will see a vibrant local scene that had the guts to play out on the national stage. That is the type of energy and commitment required for the arts. The suits and salaries are peripheral in my view.

  4. So democracy in action it would seem
    Causes Barney and Glenn to scream
    ‘Away with mob rule’
    But lads I hate to be cruel
    Your rant reeks of the slieveen.

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