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Brendan Kennelly

Poem of the Week “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly

Poem of the Week “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly

“…bridges linking the past and future / old friends passing through with us still.” With the beginning of the school year, new interns, and an exciting new season in the publishing industry, we’re eager to see what’s ahead.  Therefore, here’s Brendan Kennelly’s poem “Begin” for your enjoyment this week. “Begin” Begin again to the summoning…

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Poem of the Week: Let it Go

Poem of the Week: Let it Go

This time of year is usually devoted to graduation ceremonies, a celebration of taking the next step, whatever that may be.  Here’s to the next step. Congratulations to all of the graduates for the year of 2014. Let it Go Let it go Out of reach, out of sight, Out of the door and the window,…

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Poem of the Day: “Down” by Brendan Kennelly

Poem of the Day: “Down” by Brendan Kennelly

Today marks the end of National Poetry Month, and therefore the end of our daily poems. We hope you enjoyed the daily dose of poetry. And remember, even though National Poetry Month has ended, every day is a great time to support your favorite poets. Enjoy. “Down” by Brendan Kennelly, from The Essential Brendan Kennelly…

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“Getting Up Early” – by Brendan Kennelly

“Getting Up Early” – by Brendan Kennelly

“Getting Up Early” by Brendan Kennelly, From The Essential Brendan Kennelly Getting up early promises well; a milkhorse on the road induces thoughts of a sleeping world and a waking God. This hour has something sacred; bells will be ringing soon, but now I am content to watch the day begin to bloom. I would…

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A Lil’ Bit of Lit. Crit.: “The Essential Brendan Kennelly”

A Lil’ Bit of Lit. Crit.: “The Essential Brendan Kennelly”

In their foreword to the Press’s fall publication of The Essential Brendan Kennelly, Terrence Brown and Michael Longley write that “Kennelly’s poetry is instinctively sociable, hospitable as it is the lives, voices, deeds and defining deaths of a host of characters.” Textually, this quality of Kennelly’s work leaps off the page through Kennelly’s written shifts…

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U2: Brendan Kennelly’s Number One Fans

U2: Brendan Kennelly’s Number One Fans

Like many Irish people, the poet Brendan Kennelly is a fan of the band U2. However, Kennelly has a leg up on his fellow U2 fans: the band is a fan of him. Kennelly, often called “the people’s poet” for his open, accessible style, (Dublin’s Sunday Tribune). Kennelly’s epic poem, The Book of Judas, was…

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The Art of a Cover

The Art of a Cover

It’s traditional for the portrait of authors to be put on covers of compilation volumes of their work. Brendan Kennelly, despite his “notes of disgust, fierce satire, sardonic bitterness” looks fairly happy on the cover as a man who has grown into his career as a poet and grown into his own lyricism. The photograph…

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News Updates

Hello everyone! Some updates on the wonderful world of Irish poetry in North America: We have received Brendan Kennelly’s newest book, The Essential Brendan Kennelly, today! Very exciting news. The Women’s Anthology tour is well underway. The ladies have since been in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York, with great crowds at each place. Thank you everyone…

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