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2011 poetry news, and online information for poets.

Given that the Irish Times Books of the Year did not make mention of poetry books for 2011, I thought to add some links to Irish poetry  presses and imprints for those readers of poetry who are not catered for in the list-system. I have to say that I do not think of such ephemera as dates when I approach a book of poetry and my reading included some 2010 volumes (and earlier).  The beauty of poetry is that it is timeless and  poetry books are always relevant. I am going to add links for some poetry publishers, and then some good online resources for readers and writers of poetry. I wonder how many of the books at link will survive the test of time ? (or even taste,  ” So good, so funny, so real, so very, very sad” , is what amounts to review in the article). Irish presses and poetry journals. The Gallery Press  have an eminently worthwhile list of poets and writers, I am adding a link  to their online catalogue for …

‘A Work for Poets’ by George Mackay Brown.

To have carved on the days of our vanity A sun A star A cornstalk   Also a few marks From an ancient forgotten time A child may read   That not far from the stone A well Might open for wayfarers   Here is a work for poets – Carve the runes Then be content with silence. by George Mackay Brown   Lux Perpetua. A star for a cradle Sun for plough and net A fire for old stories A candle for the dead. Lux perpetua By such glimmers we seek you. I have two reading recommendations this sunny cold morning in Dublin,  Interrogation of Silence , The  writings of George Mackay Brown Rowena and Brian Murray. Publ. John Murray 2004. The Absence of Myth , by Georges Bataille Publ. Version (1994/2006).   I am sad to hear the John Hurst, proprietor of Rare and Interesting Books in Westport died this past weekend, he always got the exact book that I sought and I had put him alongside Charlie Byrne’s In Galway for his excellent  collection of books. Indeed I had …

Reality Check, by Dennis O Driscoll

from , Skywriting , by Dennis O Driscoll ” Reiterating whatever claim it makes, A sotto voce repetition , rain plays out a reverie-inducing music on the glass harmonica of the kitchen’s window pane. But peeling open the back  door for a rain check , you hear the liquid swishing grow insistent as a whip; sibiliant drips insinuate their way between tightly packed leaves which, gorging on these waters , never quite reach saturation point. hard to imagine that sweetness and light might yet triumph, a freshly perfumed day resurface, put on airs of mellowness, a rose-tinted sun assume the contours of a mountain range , your gable wall. “ by Dennis O Driscoll ‘No Earthly Estate’ , Kavanagh , Colum and Strong Review of Reality Check , by Dennis O Driscoll Dennis O Driscoll , ‘Reality Check’. Publ Anvil Press 2007.

Archives, Books, and a note on a renaissance for literary magazines.

In 2009 the Archives of Cologne collapsed , Speigel English reported it as ‘History in Ruins, Archive Collapse Disaster for Historians‘. It always interests me as a sometime collector of letters, books and such ephemera that Governments often do not prioritise our history in a manner that will benefit future students of culture and politics. Yesterday morning there were reports of an ongoing dispute between French Archivists and the Government of Nicholas Sarkozy , or rather , more specifically Nicholas Sarkozy’s Legacy Museum Project, which is centred in the National Archives in Paris : ” It’s one of the grandest palaces in central Paris, housing treasured national documents from Napoleon’s will to the rules of tennis. But behind a makeshift barricade of box-files and banners, staff are camping out in sleeping bags, as France’s National Archives become the frontline in the biggest cultural revolt of Nicolas Sarkozy‘s leadership. Historians are rising up against the president’s grandiose plans to immortalise himself by founding a national history museum in his own image. Just as François Mitterrand built the Louvre …