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Bird Sanctuary in Winter by Charlotte Kelly
Monday, May 14, 2012
You spend hours looking for old pieces of yourself
behind the cushions of the sofa, the bathroom mirror,
the eye of the potato, that safe soft place
where you hid the purse of possibility,
but words slip away,
you empty out pockets full
of useless rhyme and incident.
You open your mouth and feathers fall out,
- primaries and coverts into the air -
Lifted up on the thermal of your breath,
they roost in the crown of your head
then take themselves out the window
and play puck with the plums in the high garden.
You try to follow them and meet yourself
coming back with a poem
that wants to give itself to you,
but your hands shake too much to grab onto it.
Friday, April 13, 2012
There are days I wonder why I write at all, but I plough on nonetheless in my own self belief that this is what I want to do no matter what. Then out of the blue I get an email that one of my stories has been a runner up in the Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition and I get that rush of energy that says all is right with the world again.
When the judge is the esteemed Roddy Doyle who has considered it in the top three then I get the courage to keep going. I wish I had been able to travel to the Awards Ceremony on the night, especially as actors from the Liars' League read out extracts of the winning stories. My thanks to Silas Hawkins for bringing my story Frost Heave to the audience with great drama and pathos.
Thanks also to Stephen Moran for all his hard work in keeping me up to date on events. All those who were shortlisted get five copies of the book, and a handsome book it looks from the cover above.
Here you can listen to Silas reading the extract:
Monday, March 5, 2012
Speaking in Pictures: A Poetry Writing Workshop Concerning Visual Art
Leader: Susan Rich (http://poet.susanrich.net/)
One-week Residential Workshop Retreat
Arrival: Saturday, 4 August 2012
Departure: Saturday, 11 August 2012
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
Poetry and painting are sister arts according to the Greeks. It’s a natural collaboration to focus on ekphrastic poetry. Ekphrastic poetry simply refers to our poems inspired by visual images. Together, we will discuss traditional and experimental models of the form by Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Lisel Mueller and Rainier Maria Rilke; we will study recent examples by contemporary poets, and sharpen our powers of observation and description.
Finally, through a series of provocative exercises, we will write our own poems on a variety of works of art. For the purposes of this workshop, art includes sculpture, painting, collage, printmaking, and objects des arts. All levels of writers are welcome — from beginners to very advanced practitioners.
“Excellent delivery of info and preparation of materials.· Susan established such a safe learning environment, which really helped the ability to learn and enjoy the experience.· This was an exceptionally helpful program!”·-- Cindy S.
"I truly appreciate what you do to nurture other poets. This is truly one of the best retreats I have been on." -- Angie V.
“Thank you for providing this life-changing opportunity.·· Your generosity and enthusiastic interest has been such a blessing for me…You have given me a great gift–the courage to say what I am, and more importantly, to *live* what I am– a writer.·”· -- ·Kelley
Susan Rich is the author of three collections of poetry, The Alchemist’s Kitchen (2010), which was named a finalist for The Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel (2006), and The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World (2000), which won the PEN USA Award for Poetry. She has received awards from The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Her featured appearances include the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland and the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia. Recent poems have been published in The Harvard Review, Poetry Ireland, The Southern Review and the New England Review. Born and educated in Boston, Massachusetts; Susan now makes her home in Seattle, Washington. More information is available about Susan at her website http://poet.susanrich.net/ and her blog http://thealchemistskitchen.blogspot.com
For more information and to book a place in this workshop retreat, please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or +353 (0)27 74441.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
On 4th March Susan and I read at the Elliot Bay Book Store in Seattle. Susan has been to Ireland on a number of occasions and read at Cuírt in 2004. She returns to Ireland this summer to facilitate a poetry workshop at Anam Cara Writers' Retreat in Co. Cork. My next stop is the University of Missouri, in St Louis, thanks to an invitation from poet and professor of Irish Studies there, Eamonn Wall. He and his wife Drucilla come to Galway every year and I am delighted to be meeting up with them again.
I fly to Connecticut on 9th to meet up with my friend and poetry collaborator Lisa C. Taylor. Lisa and I collaborated on a collection titled The Other Side of Longing published by Arlen House in 2011 and we continue that tour again with a reading at Eastern Connecticut State University and at Manchester Community College, on 15th March at the Misha-maya-gat Spoken Word and Music Series.
St Patrick's Day will be spent on Cape Cod where I have lots of great friends before I return to Ireland on 18th.
Roscommon Library is housed in a very impressive building, which has just been refurbished. Our reading in Boyle was in King House which was even more elegant.
What is great about this project is the chance for readers to meet writers they may not get a chance to hear and equally it is always a treat for writers to experience new venues.
Thanks to Jack Harte and all the staff of the Writers' Centre for their kindness, to Jack Gilligan, Carolyn and Patricia for introducing the readings. If a Peregrine Reading is coming to a venue near you, grab the opportunity with both hands.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I am delighted to be reading with Ulick O' Connor and Ferdia Mc Anna as part of the Peregrine Readings which kick off at the Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square on Tues 21st February at 7.00pm.
Wednesday 22nd will see us in The County Library in Roscommon at 7.00pm and we finish off in Boyle Library on Thursday 23rd with our third reading starting at7.00pm.
Thanks to the Irish Writers' Centre's creativity, fiction is now being read and appreciated, not just in the major cities of Ireland, but throughout the country.
Well done to the Writers' Centre