Saturday, March 31, 2012


A scene from 40 yars ago.


Here the old men sat,
hunched against the wall,
replaying the footage of their lives
in the half-light of the dayroom.

A beam of sunlight slants through the window,
the projection playing dead centre of the room
as though not only heat
but life itself was somewhere far away.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Something Beautiful - 3epkano

3epkano are a Dublin-based collective who compose sountracks “to silent, avant-garde, and temporary cinema”; they perform their scores live, and in venues that range from the main Electric Picnic stage to the National Gallery of Ireland. At home and abroad they are creating waves and deservedly.

Now and then over the years I have recommended music that can put you in the mood to write poetry; this does. The music is haunting, moving, simply beautiful. Creating soundscapes, dreamscapes you can move around in; spacey enough to find your own private place, moody enough to drown a little.

They started out in 2004 and have made three albums; the most recent released in Oct 2011; Hans the Reluctant Wolf Juggler – “What really marks this record out is the startling nature and force of musicianship.” Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times.

I have yet to catch them live, but I won't leave it much longer. Listen to the track below and you'll understand. Meanwhile the website is go check it out.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Owl eye
Night bead;

Flash from a branch
Plunge like fire;

Spring death
Live spark.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rathmines Writers Workshop Reading

3.00pm this Saturday 24th Mar, as part of Rathmines Community Clubs and Soc's Day, writers from the Rathmines Writers Workshop will read from their own work. The event is taking place in the Town Hall, Rathmines and admission is free.

Also worth mentioning that there is an opportunity to play chess courtesy of Rathmines Chess Club.

So what else are you doing Saturday.

Monday, March 19, 2012

What is poetry

Reading through various answers to this question, and recognizing there are no forms that define poetry, I have opted for a basic statement:

Poetry is a composition of words corralled together in such a way as to magnify its impact beyond what would be achievable in a similar sized body of prose or in everyday parlance.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

18 Everyday English Words That Come from Irish

[For St Patrick's Day,a list with a few surprises. Thanks to Emma Taylor.]

This poem came from viewing Rousseau's Sleeping Gypsy. The desert around is totally dead.Without scale, and alone in your position beneath the Milky Way, you maybe be as big or as small as you wish to be.

That said, the picture reminds me of the night I slept outdoors on Inis Mór.Many years ago (too many to admit to). In the middle of the night I woke up; there was a donkey's face within 6 inches of mine. Do you have any idea How big a donkey's head is?

The other memorable detail from that same weekend was a girl wading in the shallows playing with a dogfish. She was putting her palm under it and throwing it maybe 6 foot away, and it was coming back again and again like a dog chasing a ball. I wouldn't have thought it likely.


The desert has
no wings
to ruffle the air
nor insect
to displace a sand grain
nor throat
to crease the silence.

The desert is
a platform
on which I stand,
and am
as I dream:
atom or planet,
as colossal, as minute.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rathmines Community Clubs n Soc's Day

A new departure in this part of town and maybe the first of many: Rathmines Community Clubs n Soc's Day, Saturday, 24th March from 12:00 until 17:00 in Rathmines Town Hall.

This is a free event which presents the community in the Rathmines area with an opportunity to meet members from a variety of organisations (clubs, societies, volunteering organisations and community groups)active in their locality, to get information on activities, events and membership.

So grab the opportunity to become more active, part of what's happening. The day is being organised by Cultural and Corporate Project Management students in Rathmines College.

See you there.

Swan Fashion Show in aid of Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services

A cause worth supporting. The Swan Fashion Show in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services will take place at 8.45pm on Tuesday 27th March in the Swan Centre, Rathmines.

The show, which is being organised by Rathmines College in association with the Swan Centre, promises to be a very enjoyable night out with audience having the option of arriving in 20’s style clothing,(spot prizes for the best), and for a paltry €20 (VIP)having a few glasses of wine too.

Tickets cost €10 and €20 and can be bought at The Candy Bar in the Swan Centre from Fri 16th March. Doors for VIPs 8.20pm.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

November Leaf

The maple leaf had all the colours I wish you.
A parchment clinging to a web of veins,
a fallen star lying on the path by the river,
somehow it seemed right.

The greatest beauty is the fragile beauty,
that’s what I thought of you;
with the blue barely clinging to your irises,
your smiles precarious as November leaves.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I was in a hawthorn,
trapped in its branches;
all arms, hands and fingers
prevailing on me not to struggle.

I was an exhibit in a jar
ragged and shock-eyed,
praying for a passer-by
where ravens perch still for hours.

I was a storm-blown tatter
caught in another’s stitching;
my cries drifting into the sky
nonchalant like dandelion seeds.

(from Turn Your Head)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Banned Books

A selection of paintings from “We Exercise The Power” is currently on display in Rathmines Library. The exhibition has been travelling around various libraries countrywide since last August.

It’s an unusual project, “100 watercolour paintings of 100 books by 100 author's who have at one time or another been banned in Ireland throughout the last century.” John Jones is the artist, and you can read about and see the paintings at

We know Ireland has seen some enthusiastic censors in its time, particularly where books offended Catholic sensibilities, but still the list makes surprising reading and includes Gulliver’s Travels, Molloy by Samuel Beckett, Of Mice and Men, The Catcher in the Rye, John Updike’s Rabbit,Run and many others. That’s a taster, have a look yourself.

This prompted me to look a bit wider. A list of books that have been (at some time) banned internationally includes pearls such as, Candide by Voltaire (USA), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (South Africa), Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Soviet Union), Peyton Place by Grace Metalious (Canada), Ulysses by James Joyce (UK, USA, Austrailia), The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank (Lebanon), The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (USA).