Slugger O'Toole

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David McNarry MLA and his poetic approach to the Minister for Culture…

Wed 26 March 2014, 3:13pm

Tweet David McNarry and poetry. Two things I never thought I’d put in one sentence. He pulls it off quite well, and she was clearly charmed… [Yes, but did it work? - Ed] Ah be quiet, and just live in the moment for once… more »

Tony Bailie’s ‘A Verse to Murder’: Book Review

Tue 22 October 2013, 12:32am

Tweet Maurice Burns’ cover merits study–it’s well chosen and ties into this mystery within, as elaborated by an informant. The title, a play off of the ‘murder of crows’, echoes in the name of Barry Crowe, a Belfast journalist (or is it ‘sleazy tabloid hack’?) pursuing the backstory behind the sudden demise, apparently by auto-asphyxiation, […] more »

‘To the winds our sails: Irish writers translate Galician poetry’: Book Review

Wed 25 September 2013, 1:17am

Tweet This 2010 anthology collects five poems each from ten Galician women. Irish poets translate four per poet from an English-language crib, with the remaining one rendered into Irish itself. The results reveal some of the revived enthusiasm and energy emanating from this northwestern corner of Iberia, with its alleged ancient ties to the Celtic […] more »

Seamus Heaney: “But what about the river in the trees, boy?”

Fri 30 August 2013, 2:27pm

Tweet Seamus Heaney has died at the age of 74.  The Slugger archive has a number of Heaney-related posts, although some links may be defunct.  Among them one of my earliest posts noting Heaney writing on his fellow poet Czeslaw Milosz.  More here, here, here, here, and here.  And here’s a great montage of BBC archive […] more »

Poetry Time: Threads…

Wed 23 January 2013, 4:17pm

Tweet Most regulars will know we don’t do a lot of poetry here. Paradox, irony, humour are all things we’re in deficit of. But I’m make an exception for this concise piece from Fermanagh ex pat Ian Acheson, who’s been putting up his output on his blog from the last twenty years… This piece is […] more »

“If elected president, does Mr Higgins plan to expand the review section?”

Wed 12 October 2011, 12:46pm

Tweet In his Irish Times’ Irishman’s Diary Frank McNally pre-empted John’s complaint with some questions about Irish Presidential candidate Michael D Higgins’ dubious past.  From the Irish Times As the presidential campaign grew dirtier, it was inevitable that, sooner or later, somebody would raise the poetry issue. No surprise that the somebody was Gay Mitchell. […] more »

A poem for (yester) day – Affshore

Tue 9 August 2011, 10:00am

Tweet In the early 90s I was living in Portmuck, Co Antrim, with a small child who thought the beach was where you lived, rain or shine, day or night. A gas pipeline was being laid between the Ayrshire and Antrim coasts, and the ‘supergun‘ scandal was in the news. Then the same news told […] more »

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