Sunday, June 25, 2017

Four Poems - The Rochford Street Review: Special Irish Issue

I've been steadily working on a new book-length sequence of poems (currently titled Street Light Amber) and am delighted to report that four pieces from this sequence appear in The Rochford Street Review (out of Sydney, Australia) for their special issue on contemporary Irish poetry.

It is an excellent feature and you can full biographical information and poems by a host of Irish poets (the early mid-generation, I would call us) on their website.

You can find my four poems here and an extended biographical note with links to various interviews and reviews etc.

You can also read my introductory remarks, 'A Question at the Shoreline', written for the launch of David Butler's collection, All the Barbaric Glass, which took place at The Irish Writers' Centre, Dublin, at the end of March.

The other poets featured in this issue are: 

Afric McGlinchy
Paul Casey
Robyn Rowland
Adam White
Jessica Traynor
Susan Millar DuMars
David Butler
Doireann Ni Ghriofa
John Murphy
Annemarie Ni Churreain
Lizz Murphy
Breda Wall Ryan
Patrick Deeley
Kimberly Campanello.

You can find the full index and links to their poems here. There is truly excellent work to be found so absolutely worth the time to browse the full contents.

The issue was edited by poet Mark Roberts.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

'How to Kill' by Keith Doughlas

A poem by a poet I've flagged before, Keith Douglas, to mark D-Day (all these years on). Douglas survived the D-Day landing before being killed by a mortar in a field in Normandy three days later. He was 24. 

Here's the poem, read by actor Noel Clarke.