Saturday, March 28, 2009

Boyne Berries (5)

"Boyne Berries 5 Spring 20009" , edition, was successfully launched at the Castle Arch hotel in Trim Co. Meath on Thursday the 19th of March by novelist Pat Dunne. It includes contributations from authors in many parts of the world as well as those more closer to home.

A mixture of poetry and prose, many of the names here will be familiar. On a once through there are some striking poems, "Entebbe", by Olutayo K Osunsan, "Dawn at Dolmen" by John Noonan, followed by "The Heron", by Tommy Murray. The prose makes for an interesting mix, but be careful of what newspapers you read. Michael Farry poses the question "What is a poem?" or does he? while Brendan Carey Kinnane's "The Broadmeadow" is a must read. Back to give it another once over, but for yourself, click on the link opposite for details on how to purchase. Recommended!

Photograph: Book cover/ Church of Ireland. Tara.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dark Rooms.

And continuing in the
same sombre tones...

Dark Rooms.

Well met these fellows
Shuffle through the pack
And ply their trade.

In deadly nightshades
Out the back
The bones of it
Entice invite.

In eye for eye
Through shuttered piers
To dark rooms
Do not enter here.
Imperfect forms
Unwind unreel
And silhouette
Down easy streets.

The wise men
Who brought

Frank Murphy.

Photograph: Evening at Ballivor Bog.
Autumn 2008.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Journey's End.

Journey's End
Sleeper towns
Old faded signs
Vapours trail
Cross rainbow skies.
Houses now
That watch the road
Peeping out
Through terraced
And valleys though
Steepled through
The hedgerows go.
Shadows traced
Across the glass.
Reflections and
The world go past.
The road sweeps round
Another bend
Down crooked miles
To journey's end.

Frank Murphy.

Photograph: Taken Scurlogstown Olympiad 2008.