|“The conference’s main host will be Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s oldest university institution, founded in 1592 and located in the city centre. Our second host and other conference site on Thursday, July 11, will be Mater Dei Institute, the college close to what was Leopold Bloom’s residence at 7 Eccles Street.
The 2013 EPIC will open at Trinity College Dublin on 10 July with a Welcoming Address by the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Individual plenary talks by distinguished scholars throughout the week will be on such topics as Pound and Irish Poetry, Pound and other writers (Beckett, Coleridge, Joyce, and Yeats), The Cantos Project, New Translations of Pound’s poetry into German and Italian, the Drafts & Fragments Notebooks, and Doing Justice to Pound. There will also be four days of paper sessions and discussions on a wide range of topics related to Pound’s works, life, and influence.”
It interests me when politicians, whether local or national, decide that they’d really like to censor the work of artists. This interest stems from my studies at UCD under Dr. Alistair Rowan, Dr Nancy Dunn-Czak, and of course Dr. Paula Murphy. The study of the History of Art includes numerous modules on censorship of art, including the censorship of art works here in Ireland from the foundation of the state onwards.
Mostly I am interested in calls for censorship that derive from a political system that has existed in an unreformed state for many years, wherein politicians achieve power through local agitation, or as we refer to it here gombeen politics. Power in Ireland is sought after and attained when a (mostly) young male climbs from his youth group, to council, to government. A degree or equivalent isn’t really necessary to the hot housing of politicians, and therein lies the difficulty.
Maybe I expect that local politicians should have an awareness of the major policy issues of their party in government and if there is a lack in their understanding, then surely they could take advice? Advice on art censorship can be had simply enough by a call to one or other of our university art or historical departments.
Shane Cullen’s Fragmens sur les Institutions Républicianes IV has caused some controversy in Athlone, where Cllr Mark Cooney has tabled a motion to have the work withdrawn from the Luan Gallery. Cllr. Cooney is a local politician of the Fine Gael party who are in coalition government with the Labour Party. Fine Gael has presented our Arts Department with our current Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan T.D, who has made numerous pronouncements on the independence of both the arts and the boards of cultural institutes. Most recently in relation to unpopular merge proposals for our National Cultural institutes.
I read the (arts) manifestos, such as they were, of all the political parties coming up to the 2011 elections. They were not very inspiring and seem to present a seamless continuation of the previous government’s policies, that is, cuts to and bureaucratization of the arts. Nowhere was it mentioned that the then opposition parties would repeal the 2003 Arts Act which has had such profound effect on the independence of the arts in Ireland. Apart from slinging finances at The Gathering and the 2016 Commemorations, there are no new ideas. The Arts have always been second cousin to sports here, or maybe to a twee sentimentalism that represents how our country wishes to be seen abroad.
A small local row about censorship has done enough for me to be convinced that a Cllr. of the FG Party calling for censorship of visual art has absolutely nothing new to bring to the table with regard to how he perceives the attainment and the usage of his power. I am waiting to be convinced that it is otherwise, but the Minister of Arts is conspicuously silent on the issue and the problem of censorship is hived off into local rows that speak of ignorance in responsibility to culture, heritage and arts in Ireland.
Poets across the UK and Ireland come together to mark the nine-month anniversary of Pussy Riot’s performance in a Moscow Cathedral by reading from Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, English PEN’s anthology for the group.
This link gives the list of locations and readings in the U.K and Ireland. Ireland’s readings are organised by Christodoulos Makris & Barbara Smith.
Participating poets are: Kimberly Campanello, Sophie Collins, Sue Cosgrave, Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Christodoulos Makris, Máighréad Medbh, Paula Meehan, Alan Jude Moore, Christine Murray, The Poetry Divas, Sam Riviere.DUBLIN 21/11/2012
6.30pm, Wednesday 21 November
The Grand Social
35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin
This is a brief note about the And Other Poems blog which is owned and written by Josephine Corcoran. What a breath of fresh air the blog is, judging by contemporary availability of good poetry (and critique). To say that poetry is sorely neglected in the face of market-forces is a wild understatement, but more polemic anon.
“And Other Poems is simply a quiet, uncluttered place to read poems by different writers posted by Josephine Corcoran. The blog’s aim is to give readership to poems which would not otherwise be available, for instance poems no longer elsewhere online, out of print poems, poems published in print but not online, and new, unpublished poems by established writers. Poets have given permission for their work to be featured and copyrights remain with the poets.”
I had been seeing some of Josephine’s link on Twitter for a period of time, and as always was gladdened to see the advent of blogs and websites dedicated to the reader of poetry. Quite a few blogs and websites deal in modern and contemporary poetry in all its wonderful variety. Whilst some people may look on this avant-gardeism as a niche-activity, it is important that the poetry-reader can access all types of poetic-writing. It has been a while since I looked at how poets use online tools to disseminate literature but I see a radical improvement and diversification in the area. Josephine knows her poetry which is excellent for her readers. I recommend a perusal of her blog and of her list of poets which is wonderfully diverse. I am adding here the And Other Poems index , and of course a link to my poem i and the village (after Marc Chagall) which she kindly published on 11/09/2012.
I have never presumed that poetics are a niche-activity , but that a wholly conservative approach to critique combined with a mechanistic desire to advance contemporary fiction book-sales dominate newspaper editorials/reviews, at least in Ireland. The fact that many readers seek poetics through varieties of means, combined with news that 30,000 people signed up to PENN State’s Modern and Contemporary Poetry Course in 2012 would suggest that market-forces are just wrong. Or actually repellent ! Editors would rather clever women review silly books, than look at poetry or actual literature. If poetry readers seek adequate reviews of women authors and their books they must look elsewhere than the media, hence the blogs, the small presses, the literary journals and forums dedicated to poetry.
There is a list of blogs and websites dedicated to poetry on the right sidebar of this site. Links to And Other Poems are embedded in this post and given below :
- And Other Poems
- List of Poets and Poems from And Other Poems
- Joesphine Corcoran
- Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Pennsylvania University
- Online Poetry
Irish Poetry Imprints (Online and Print)
- Cló Iar-Chonnachta
- Crannóg Literary magazine
- Dedalus Press
- Gallery Press
- Irish Pages
- Michael J Maguire
- Partial Shade
- Poetry Ireland Review Newsletter
- Revival Literary Journal
- Salmon Press
- The Burning Bush Revival Meeting
- The Columba Press
- The Dolmen Press
- The Gallery Press
- The Penny Dreadful
- The SHOp , Poetry Magazine
- The Stinging Fly
- Wurm in Apfel