All posts tagged: writing

A very public room of one’s own, online writing

“These performative dimensions of public speech always carry tones, gestures, forms of acting out, contradictions, and self-corrections that contribute to new actions and capacities in others. The quote you have singled out to me suggests that poetry can show engaged citizens how to listen to, or respond to, public issues or actions.” The above statement is about poetic engagement derived from a piece at J2, entitled Recasting poetry, the long biography of a poem.  (at Link) . It is interesting indeed  how writers use the internet and multi-media resources  for poetics , but this piece is not about practice or  gesture, it is about creating poetic spaces in the most public of places, the web. I saw this republished Atlantic article last week and wish to set this short post into that context. Lots of readers will note the allusion to Virgina Woolf’s statement about writing spaces in the title of this post, indeed we know all about the oubliettes, the locked-doors, the time stolen or negotiated that forms the woman writer’s battle for self-expression. There are also varieties of …

The Dublin Poetry Review.

It’s good to see the Dublin Poetry Review on Facebook and online, it’s Heroes Congress is an eclectic mix of writing heroes presented in PDF format and protected by the use of Creative Commons license, this is what Poetry and innovation is about : accessibility and generosity. There are 99 published poets in the Heroes Congress, I have added a taster below by Mairéad Byrne, The Men,  by MAIRÉAD BYRNE “The men stand outside the Dunkin Donuts Center on a cold sunny November morning. They stand in their shirt sleeves, skirted by wall, at the top of a broad sweep of steps. They are smoking and talking. Like men in church porches. Men in dark suits of indiscriminate fit. The pungent smell of damp and rain. Their loose knot slips further to let me pass. The church by the sea in Kincasslagh. Holding its secret of ordinariness etched in the astringent sublime.” Cc : (cc by-nc-nd) :  Creative Commons.org  http://creativecommons.org/ I am adding in the Dublin Poetry Review Facebook, Homepage and a link to Creative Commons. …