Monday, 29 January 2018

Ken Loach read one of my poems in London last evening

So, apparently the film director Ken Loach read one of my poems at a political meeting in London last evening.

For further details re: the background see here.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Infliximab Man - the continuing story of my lungs

So, tomorrow I will spend most of the day at Merlin Park Hospital getting my first intravenous infusion of a drug called Infliximab. It's a new treatment for my lungs' sarcoidosis.

I had a poem and article about the condition in the Irish Times health section in September. See here.
 For further details see here.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

First publications of 2018

Had two poems newly published in the past few days. My tribute to the soon to be forgotten entirely Rupi Kaur is published in issue 56 of the Mexico City based literary magazine The Ofi Press. You can read the poem, titled 'Uncrease YourForehead and Do Not Sweat', here.
Meanwhile, the title poem of my New & Selected poems 'Song of Songs 2.0' is published in issue no. 2 of the excellent U.S. based magazine Rascal. In this poem I rewrite a section of the Bible.

Monday, 1 January 2018

In the running for the Nobel Prize

It's only January 1st and someone has already suggested me as a possible winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. Albeit the person in question thinks I should be awarded the prize jointly with British poet Ian Duhig. I've always fancied a trip to Stockholm. Have to say, I am liking 2018 so far.