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on the radio

My poem 'New Year's Eve', from Spitting Out the Mother Tongue , was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Thursday 29 December, during the mid-morning show Today with Pat Kenny. It was part of a 25-minute section of poems and prose extracts on the themes of winter, Christmas and the New Year, compiled and presented by Niall McMonagle. A podcast of this section of the show is available on the RTÉ website (the introduction to my poem, read by actor Barry Barnes, starts at around 14:45).

Review in The Irish Times

Harry Clifton 's highly appreciative review of Spitting Out the Mother Tongue appeared in last Saturday's edition of The Irish Times . A couple of extracts: "The world it inhabits has gone past the point of the national, and begun to relax into its own ubiquity as a fact of life, without the usual anguish of expatriation." "... he and his poems, so universally at home in themselves, are a straw in the wind, a forerunner, in Irish poetry and Irish poetry publishing, of what has happened in Britain with Grace Nichols, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jackie Kay." Read the full review here .

the poet was in the shack

The resulting text from my shack intervention at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda last Saturday - part of Thomas Brezing's exhibition 'The Art of Failure isn't hard to Master' - is now on the gallery website . Many thanks and congratulations to all who collaborated in composing this piece. Thanks also to the gallery staff. I enjoyed shacking up with myself for a few hours and interacting with the public from there. Footage of my reading of the text after emerging from the shack has surfaced on YouTube:

Poem on Occupy Writers

Occupy Writers have published my reverse-narrative poem 'Mayday' . Read more Occupied Writings, and see the full list of writers who have signed their support to the Occupy Movement around the world, on the Occupy Writers website - with links to other support groups, news and information on how to find your local Occupy group.

POST III: Poetry at the Games

The Irish Centre for Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute in Dublin has published the third issue of its online journal POST . Edited by Michael Hinds, POST III: Poetry at the Games is devoted to links between poetry and sports or games, and as such it includes among others a survey of poetry inspired by chess, a (largely) pictorial essay on the poetics of horse racing, a study of sport in the work of Brendan Kennelly, and an examination of the appearance of the word 'bikini' in Ezra Pound's Cantos . POST is subtitled a review of poetry studies , and is therefore of an academic/scholarly nature. But in addition to essays and reviews it often features original poetry: derek beaulieu's visual poem-games appear throughout this issue, while my sequence 'Masculine Biography Vol 1' (from Spitting Out the Mother Tongue ) is also included, introduced in the editorial as "describing a personal history in World Cup-termed fragments".

Cadences Vol 7

Volume 7 (Fall 2011) of Cadences: A Journal of Literature and the Arts in Cyprus has just been published. This issue places particular emphasis on translation and its bridge-building aspect, with an essay by EU official and literary translator Anthi Karra prominent. And apart from the usual content of poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts in Greek, Turkish and English - often translated from one into another of these three main languages of the island - there are translations from the Portuguese, Spanish, Lithuanian and Polish. The issue also includes my poems 'The Orchard' and ' Το Πίσω Περβόλι ' from Spitting Out the Mother Tongue , which were written simultaneously as two versions or branches of the same poem, one in English and the other in the Cypriot dialect of Greek.