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Open Mic Readings
February 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
Kerry Writers’ Museum welcomes writers of all genres, including songwriters to its Open Mic Readings which take place twice monthly.
Literary Listowel Open Mic Readings takes place on the first Thursday of every month from 11 am to 1 pm. Poetry in the Park takes place in the middle Sunday of every month. Writers of all genres are invited along to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, which will be hosted by a member of the Seanchaí Writers’ Group. Whether you write poetry, prose or songs, everyone is welcome to perform. Admission is free to both and tea/coffee and freshly baked scones can be purchased in Castle View Café at the Museum.
Here is one of Brendan Kennelly’s most famous poems ‘Begin’, as an example of what may be heard at our Open Mic Readings:
Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of the light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work.
Begin to the pageant of queuing girls
the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
bridges linking the past and future
old friends passing though with us still.
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
since it perhaps is what makes us begin,
begin to wonder at unknown faces
at crying birds in the sudden rain
at branches stark in the willing sunlight
at seagulls foraging for bread
at couples sharing a sunny secret
alone together while making good.
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.