Monthly Archives: December 2010

History, or, the Wrestling Bills

This is from the Ulster Hall project, one of a sequence commissioned for the re-opening of the Hall last year. The poems draw on (in some cases simply quote from and lineate) material from the Hall’s archive. This piece of … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of the Body at Killysuggen

So, the title poem … As Paul Maddern noted, there’s a bit of Stanley Spencer in here, but it’s also a slant hymn to a landscape I love, between Ards and Belfast, woods and drumlins, farmland and small settlements, and … Continue reading

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6,781 Rules for the Elimination of Accidents

Friends have given me grief about it, but sometimes a poem doesn’t have to be ‘all my own work’. Actually, very few are. I’ve long been interested in the possibilities of poems as ‘collages’ of source material. There are a … Continue reading

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Poor poetry

In the 1960s certain European artists, taking a lead from dada and Marcel Duchamp and reacting against the art-market commodification of the works of the great US abstract expressionists, began to make art that was self-consciously ‘impoverished’. Arte povera celebrated … Continue reading

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Postcards from Zakynthos

This was commissioned for From the Small Back Room, a festschrift for Ciaran Carson’s sixtieth. Well, when I say ‘commissioned’, I was invited by the editors to submit something, asked if an unpublished but already completed poem would be acceptable, … Continue reading

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