All posts tagged: Paul Muldoon

Slán Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin

It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Dr. Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, Senior Lecturer of Early Irish (Sean-Ghaeilge), at the Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage at Maynooth University. Obituaries and remembrances are too formal a way to encapsulate the energies of the person who has passed away. What we may say about her on paper; on her authorship, her survivors, and her activities, pale in comparison to the ball of energy that she was. Muireann had a huge and warmly generous physical presence despite her tiny size. She was quite literally a ball of energy.   I first met Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin at the Four Courts, as one did during the campaigns that dominated the Celtic Tiger era. Protestors would be in and out of courts fighting on issues related to the complete destruction of any and all heritage laws by the Fianna Fáil Party who came up with new planning bills even as they tore down and scrapped institutions that were charged with the preservation of our natural and built …

An evening of women’s literature at the Irish Writer’s Centre (06/01/2012)

The Irish Writer’s Centre,  last evening  06/01/2012,  hosted along with Dublin City Council a celebration of women’s poetry, music and literature to mark Oíche Nollaig Na mBan (Women’s Christmas). The event was presented by June Considine. And what a night it was. The event was bi-partite in structure, with readings by three poets and story-tellers to begin, a brief interval filled with music was quickly followed by three more readings by three more women writers. The first half was decidedly poetic, with readings in English and Irish by Celia de Fréine, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Eilis Ní Dhuibhne. Celia De Fréine read In Relation to Each Other, Dearbhail , Celia Óg , and Ophelia. Dearbhail was indeed heart-breaking, the tale of the murder of Dearhbail by jealous women. Eilis Ní Dhuibhne read two tales , The Man Who Had No Story and The Blind.  Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill read from a few collections, Including from my favourite Pharaoh’s Daughter, with translations by Paul Muldoon,  Michael  Hartnett,  and Dr. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.  Poems read included , The Language, Dán do …

Paul Muldoon and the Art of Poetry, No.87, Paris Review

The Griffin Poetry Prize has been making excellent use of Social media, including Twitter to publicise this year’s prize list and as little of note happens in the Irish Sunday papers, I thought to add in by way of my blog their link to the Paris Review interview with Paul Muldoon . Poetry readers familiar with this site will know that it is  a rare occurrence for me to link to the Paris Review interviews , but that I think they are always worthwhile. Paul Muldoon came to Tara in 2008 to celebrate our unique heritage, along with Susan Mc Keown and Seamus Heaney , this was a protest, a lament and an attempt to support those campaigners who had fought through Ireland’s courts and the EU about radical fast-track planning. One Irish newspaper  of note reported the Turn at Tara as ‘Heaney celebrates Heritage Week’ !  One expects this type of bilge as a matter of course in an undifferentiated mass-media that distrusts ideas. But I digress – Related Links The Paris Review interview is here : http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/30/the-art-of-poetry-no-87-paul-muldoon The Turn at Tara (2008)  is here https://poethead.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/a-turn-at-tara-august-28th-2011/ Poethead piece is here : https://poethead.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/from-wraiths-iii-white-nights-by-seamus-heaney/ Anne Sexton (Paris Review) : https://poethead.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/paris-review-anne-sexton-the-art-of-poetry-no-15/ I said it once this week but it bears repeating , radical censorship is unnecessary in Ireland, a media group-think can …

Just One Book Campaign, Salt-Publishing appeal

Salt Publishing, that wonderful house of Poetry and Literature today lost out in the English Arts Council Funding rounds for 2011. The house has set up a Twitter campaign to ensure that it stays in the market called the #JustOneBook Campaign . The issue is of relevance to those amongst us who support the  literary house and publishers of quality poetry. I am linking here to the Salt Publishing blog, Twitter Account, and current book list for those who wish  support this campaign. Salt Publishing blog and Links. http://www.saltpublishing.com/ http://www.saltpublishing.com/shop/index.php https://twitter.com/#!/saltpublishing The New North – Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Jean Bleakney, Chris Agee, Moyra Donaldson, Gary Allen, Andy White, Matt Kirkham, Geróid Mac Lochlainn, Frank Sewell, Paul Grattan, Sinéad Morrissey, Alan Gillis, Leontia Flynn and Nick Laird, as well as classic poems by Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Ciaron Carson, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian and Michael Longley. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/culture-cuts-blog/2011/mar/30/arts-council-funding-decision-day-cuts http://www.saltpublishing.com/books/anth/9781907773037.htm Poetry Book Society PETITION  LINK : http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/save-the-poetry-book-society/2631

Wraiths III , White Nights , by Seamus Heaney.

Wraiths III.  White Nights   Furrow-plodders in spats and bright-clasped brogues Are cradling bags and hoisting beribboned drones As their skilled neck-pullers’ fingers force the chanters   And the whole band starts rehearsing Its stupendous, swaggering march Inside the hall. Meanwhile   One twilight field and summer hedge away We wait for the learner who will stay behind Piping by stops and starts,   Making an injured music for us alone, Early-to-beds , white-night absentees Open-eared to this day.  from, Human Chain , by Seamus Heaney , published by Faber and Faber 2010. Note : I am attaching to this short post a link entitled : Feis Teamhar , a Turn at Tara because I was there to hear the poets and musicians on that day. I believe that the Newspapers under-reported the day and did not attend to Mr Heaney’s words. He was there to celebrate Tara as a cultural centre and to support the Campaign to Save Tara . He was also there to support his nephew who was and is a Tara Campaigner …