All Blog Posts Tagged 'Poetry' (93)

Wake Me in South Galway by Richard Tillinghast

By Richard Tillinghast b. 1940…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on January 2, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Injustice That Informs 'Lieutenant and Mrs. Lockwood'

My historical novel "Lieutenant and Mrs. Lockwood" is based on an actual Irish family, and I've had people ask about their story. The Lockwoods' story turns out better than that of the Fortescues, but I think I have…

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Added by Mark Bois on December 3, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Harking to the Call of the O'Rourkes

(Sligo street art)

I was stranded for a second day in Grange. When I woke up, I had breakfast on my mind and enjoyed an Irish breakfast with a beautiful view. I had to be out by 11 a.m. as the painter was coming and the owner had to visit someone in hospital.

Having tried the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 10, 2015 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

O'Brien Press Prospers By Championing Intrinsic Value of Books

In the 1940s it was tough being a communist in Ireland. All card carrying members were followed by the Special Branch, tended to be boycotted by the establishment and were refused jobs. Thomas O’Brien had returned from fighting in the International Brigade in Spain against Franco. As a vocal and proud communist, and poet, he was faced with certain unemployment. Perhaps influenced by Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, he…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on October 4, 2015 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

'Diaspora': Forsaken Hearths Evoke Those Who Have Gone

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of a cottage in Donegal

What would you expect to see inside this old overgrown cottage on the side of the road in Donegal? Would you just pass by or would you try and get in to have a look?  Well, I was passing this cottage every day a few years ago until eventually, my curiosity got the better of me.

It wasn’t that difficult to enter, despite the tangle of brambles…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on September 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Dublin: My Hometown

I grew up on Dublin's northside, in Stoneybatter - one of the five ancient roads to Tara. Now, I live in Wicklow, but still feel the draw of my old hometown. Here's why ...

A friendly nod, a bit of wit,

A pint of plain, that's part of it.

Canal bank walks and side-street strolls

In the shadow of Vikings and brave…

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Added by David Lawlor on June 22, 2015 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

'Heartbreak Ridge (and Other Poems)' by Bill Nevins

Book Review                                 

The true nature of poetry is to first give us an insight into the heart and consciousness of the poet, then the collective consciousness of the society…

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Added by Seamus Ruttledge on June 16, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Limerick Challenge - Last Day to Enter!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we invite you to try your hand at writing a limerick!  The three best submissions will each win a child-size T-shirt from our friends at Hairy Baby Clothing Company.  Post your…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 16, 2015 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

A Present for You on St. Patrick's Day

A PRESENT FOR YOU ON SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

 

 

DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT LEPRECAUNS? WELL THERE’S SO MANY TALES TO TELL

I CAN TELL YOU ONE RIGHT NOW AND, I HOPE YOU LISTEN WELL…

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Added by kevin j dalton on February 14, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mr William Butler and Mrs George Yeats

When Olivia Shakespear introduced her ex-lover, W.B. Yeats, to her niece-by-marriage, Georgie, in London in 1917 she knew he was looking for a young wife and hoped they would be compatible. From…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 31, 2014 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

The Pending Birth of Yeats' Illegitimate Son

On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac

by W.B. Yeats

Your hooves have stamped at the black margins of the wood,

Even where horrible green parrots call and swing.

My works are all stamped down in the sultry mud.

I knew that horse-play, knew it for a murderous thing.

What wholesome sun has ripened is wholesome…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

An Irish Cowboy Christmas Poem

I'll Sing You All Home With Me

It's Christmas in Montana, to be sure, draped in her mantle of white

Though I am here with the rest of the crew, my heart is lonely tonight

The rancher & his wife they take good care of the rest of the crew & me

The wife, she prepared a great feast &…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Irish Christmas Songs and Stories in the Virtual Síbín

[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish Sibin series of discussions and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2014 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Yeats Declares His Love

The year before his marriage Yeats had published ‘Easter 1916’, about the Dublin uprising and the relentless British…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 2, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Big Brown

The Big Brown

 

The fly slowly spins in air before me,

Arcing downward, to darker, cooler water.

A ripple forms and becomes a moving vee.

The feathered…

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Added by Denis Hearn on November 27, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Quiz: Are You an Irish Poetry Expert?

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 20, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Yeats Falls in Love

By 1919, W.B. Yeats was writing Ego Dominus Tuus (Latin: I am your Master). For the first time he uses Latin, the common voice of Catholicism. Also for the…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 27, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

'Come On Back, Boys! Give 'Em Hell, God Damn 'Em! We'll Make Coffee Out Of Cedar Creek Tonight!'

In a sense (of history), I have a personal recollection of General Phil Sheridan and his arrival at the battlefield at Cedar Creek  on October 19, 1864 when he rallied a beaten Union Army and launched…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on October 16, 2014 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

'Smile' - A Short Film

I absolutely loved this short film by Wild Geese member and fellow County Tyrone author, Colin Broderick

It's called "Smile," and it's a visual poem set in New York. Lyrical and melancholic, like so much Irish poetry, it is, in the end an uplifting story of transformation and renewal. 

Enjoy!

Caroline …

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Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on September 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Maigue Poets

Geneticists at Trinity College, Dublin have recently discovered that the Irish gene pool is the least diluted in all of Europe if not indeed, the world. They have also discovered that the Irish traveling people (tinkers) are purely…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 21, 2014 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

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