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November 2 - 4

  

Each day this week we're sharing poems by Ireland's top contemporary poets. This week-long celebration will culminate November 2-4 with IAC PoetryFest 2012, our fourth annual festival featuring ten poets presenting their work at IAC, with a special tribute to the distinguished and influential poet John Montague.


 

Poems-of-the-Day

Tuesday, October 30

 

 

Statues

by Mary O'Malley

 

Europe is a turtle's back broken

open with bricks, with gunfire,

with love songs shifting in deep time,

borders snaking in slow motion.

 

My country is a worn out thing,

badly cut and overpriced.

I only ever owned the coast,

this beautiful indented line.

 

It's time to shake it off, loosen

the ties, not the way some statue, Phedre

say, or Maeve , before the nation

she wore and loved became a shroud

 

stepped out of it, went bare-breasted

and clothed herself in rags of light -

such get-up made the gods feel bested

its 'nothing more to lose' a threat -

 

but quietly, the way the people of my place

have taken boats and planes and gone

and almost always come home

for weddings, funerals and fate.
 

 

Her Palm, Her Apotheosis

by Timothy Donnelly

 

There - past the ghost of the carpet,

an inch from the tasseled fringe, an inch

 

from the froth of the wave

that plashed expressly

west of Asia; here-

in her isolate room,

 

in a permanent

pot of terra cotta, its imperial fronds

outstretched, unfurled

in a fanning of afternoon sun, this is absolutely

 

the absolute palm. She sees

nothing else, no one else sees

the palm that she becomes, being

in a fanfare of vanishing, sun.

 



Timothy Donnelly
Don't miss Mary O'Malley and Timothy Donnelly at IAC PoetryFest 2012 Saturday November 3 at  4 pm.
 
Check in each day this week to read works by featured writers of IAC PoetryFest 2012, including: Ciarán Berry, Anne Carson, Timothy Donnelly, Theo Dorgan, John Montague, Mary O'Malley, Leanne O'Sullivan, Galway Kinnell, Brenda Shaughnessy and C. K. Williams.

About the Poets:

Mary O'Malley was born in Connemara in 1954. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Valparaiso (Carcanet, 2012), which emerged from her time on the Irish marine research ship, The Celtic Explorer. Her other work includes A Perfect V (2006) and The Boning Hall (2002), both from Carcanet Press, and Asylum Road (Salmon Poetry, 2001). She is the recipient of awards including the Hennessey Award and the 2009 Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award. She is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of arts and letters. She lives near the village of Moycullen and is a lecturer in writing at the National University of Ireland.

 

Timothy Donnelly was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1969. He is the author of The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2012), which was the winner of this year's Kingsley Tuft Award, and of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003). His work has appeared in journals including A Public Space, Harper's, The Nation, The New Republic, jubilat, The Paris Review and PEN America. He is Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Columbia University and is also Poetry Editor of Boston Review. He lives in Brooklyn.  

 

Literature

 IAC logo

in association with

in association with Poetry Society of America and Poetry Ireland

presents   

 

November 2 - 4

 

We celebrate the fourth annual IAC PoetryFest by expanding our offerings and growing the line-up of terrific energies at work in and around contemporary Irish poetry. This year, the festival reaches exciting new horizons, as it considers the rich relationships between Irish poets and their peers and counterparts in the American scene.

 

IAC PoetryFest 2012 features a special tribute to the distinguished and influential poet John Montague.

 

Featured poets: Ciarán Berry, Anne Carson, Timothy Donnelly, Theo Dorgan, John Montague, Mary O'Malley, Leanne O'Sullivan, Galway Kinnell, Brenda Shaughnessy and C. K. Williams

 

Curated by Belinda McKeon and Aengus Woods

  

Friday, November 2

 

Favorite Poems
Hosted by Alice Quinn, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America

8 pm 

We once again launch the festival with Favorite Poems, featuring those influential, best-loved works, personally chosen and read by participating poets and special guests.

 

Admission: $10 non-member / $8 member

Free for Sponsor ($125) members and higher

irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

  

Saturday, November 3

 

Reading | Ciaran Berry and Brenda Shaughnessy | 2 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111 

 

Reading | Mary O'Malley and Timothy Donnelly | 4 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

Reading | Theo Dorgan and Galway Kinnell | 6 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

Sunday, November 4

 

Reading | Anne Carson and Leanne O'Sullivan | 1 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

A Tribute to John Montague

 

Poets in Conversation | John Montague in conversation

 with Theo Dorgan | 3 pm

 

Admission: $10 non-member / $8 IAC and PSA member

Free for Sponsor ($125) members and higher 

irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

Reading | John Montague and C. K. Williams | 5 pm

Meet the Poets and book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: $10 non-member / $8 IAC and PSA member

Free for Sponsor ($125) members and higher

irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

 Want to come to both events with John Montague? Purchase A Tribute to John Montague Pass here.

  

More details: www.irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

With assistance from W.B. Yeats Society of New York

  

This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.


IAC Recommends

The Little Museum of Dublin in Ireland Presents

 

Uniquely Dublin 

An international competition to celebrate Ireland's capital city

 

Submissions for Uniquely Dublin can be in the categories of film, animation, photography, graphic design, written word, visual arts and music.  

 

Winning entry is awarded €10,000, as well as a public exhibition on billboards all over Dublin, and here in the Little Museum of Dublin!

 

So, What do you love about Dublin?


Competition Schedule:

October 26th, 2012 - Launch of Uniquely Dublin

January 26th, 2013 - Closing date for entries in all categories

Jan 27th - Feb 14th - Judging Process

Feb 15th - Mar 1st - Public vote and media/ billboard exposure for shortlisted entries

Mar 2nd - Announcement of grand prize winner and category winners

Mar 4th - Start of 'Winning Entries' Exhibition at the Little Museum of Dublin

April 3rd - End of exhibition in the Little Museum

Contact Information:

 

 www.littlemuseum.ie/uniquely-dublin

 

The Little Museum of Dublin

15 St. Stephen's Green

Dublin 2

Ireland

 

Ph: +353 1 6611000



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Irish Arts Center programs are supported in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America in 2011; the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.