The Reflective Eye: FLARE 12

The Reflective Eye
© Orla Grant-Donoghue 2019

(after the sculpture by Emer O Boyle at University College Dublin)

Can I hide in this place
where reality is multiplied,
amplified
between beams of light
magnified,
where mirrored retinas
reflect inner lives,
where jet streams carry truth
in the half light,
where moonbeams and sunlight
can find me
with
or
without
my sight?

Thank you to Éamon Mag Uidhir for including my poem The Reflective Eye in FLARE 12. More information on where FLARE is available is at http://www.flare.ie The stunning cover art is by Solus (Instagram @solus.art). The sculpture is by Emer O Boyle at University College Dublin. This poem aims to raise awareness about living with a rare eye disease.

Poetry Day Ireland: LabelLit Poetry M’App Project

To celebrate Poetry Day Ireland on 2 May 2019, I wrote poems for the Poetry M’App project, an online map of poems from around the world involving 50 poets across 5 continents at http://www.poetrymapp.com Thank you to Maria McManus and Una Lee for including my poems in sincere thanks to Niall Woods from Porchlight Studios Dublin for the recordings of both poems.

On Poetry Day Ireland 2 May 2019, I left signed gift tags with information on how to listen to both poems and with lines from each poem at University College Dublin.

Photo of Chroma by Vincent Hoban from University College Dublin.

Photo of The Reflective Eye by sculptor and artist, Emer O Boyle.

Poetry Day Ireland: Event at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

A Truth or Dare Response to ‘An Altered Land’

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As part of the Poetry Day Ireland celebrations on May 2 2019, Olivier Cornet hosted an event at the Olivier Cornet Gallery where 13 poets responded to the exhibition “An Altered Land” by artist David Fox. We had a wonderful turnout on the evening and there was standing room only at the gallery.

My response is Cutting through Green recorded at Porchlight Studios, Dublin.

More Information & Links about the Event and the Exhibition
7:05pm: Welcome by Olivier Cornet
Introduction to poets by Orla Grant-Donoghue
7:10: Éamon Mag Uidhir
7:15: Eileen Casey
7:20: Dr Catherine Ann Cullen
7:25: Doreen Duffy
7:30: Christian Wethered
7:35: David Grant
7:40: Micheal J. Whelan
7:45: Brian Kirk
7:50: Jasmina Šušić
7:55: Susan Condon
8:00: Eoin Flynn
8:05: Orla Grant-Donoghue
8:10: Dr Mary O’Malley-Madec
8:15pm: Closing remarks Olivier Cornet