Monthly Archives: October 2010

Belfast from Space

This one was originally published in, of all places, the Ulster Tatler (which was also the first place I ever had a poem published for money). It’s another grab bag of odds and ends, stray fragments of astronomy and popular … Continue reading

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Banning Frankenstein

And to make up for the brevity of ‘Poem’, something more extensive. When James Whales’ Frankenstein reached Belfast in 1932, the Corporation sent a delegation of aldermen to assure themselves that the film was wholesome and suitable for viewing by … Continue reading

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Poem

This little one has had more titles than it has words. I don’t know if ‘Poem’ is any more than a lazy way of getting the thing started, but at least it’s better than ‘Untitled’. Poem try not to use … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Moscow Joe

Years ago, while working in the muddy foundations of culturenorthernireland, I came across the work of Carnlough primitive or outsider artist Moscow Joe Mckinley (largely through the work of Peter Haining, to whom I am indebted for the pleasure and … Continue reading

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