Poetry Day Ireland: Event at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

A Truth or Dare Response to ‘An Altered Land’

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

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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

Reflections

Poem from The Lea-Green Down, edited by Eileen Casey, published by Fiery Arrow Press – an anthology of poems responding to the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.

Reflections
Orla Grant-Donoghue

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In still waters here
where you contemplated
all that went before,
I will watch over your words
until the sun burns away.

Not one
will I allow go astray.

I can dress you in evergreen
or bronze. Cast you
on a lake of calm
or a wooden seat of clay but
until the sun burns away
I will watch over your words.

Not one
Will I allow go astray.

I give you my word.
Your legacy will remain,
etched in our hearts to stay.

Is mise Éire.
© Orla Grant-Donoghue 2018

Haiku: From Ulysses

These haiku were included as part of an installation by artist, Nickie Hayden, at the Olivier Cornet Gallery to celebrate Bloomsday 2018. The exhibition is entitled “Drawing on Joyce.”

Plums pierced, dribbled spit
search spires skywards – rambunctious
women stone pillar.

Sand letter. Stick pen.
Stuck in silt. I. AM. A. Note
for Nausicaa. Fade.

Stone, worry, walk, long
counting heartbeats, searching. Where?
Soap in pocket. Safe.

Written by Orla Grant-Donoghue

© Orla Grant-Donoghue 2018