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Poetry Day Open House

2nd May 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Poetry Day Open House

Poetry Day Ireland 2019 will be celebrated at Kerry Writers’ Museum on Thursday May 2nd with an ‘Open House’ evening of poetry, story and song. Everyone is welcome to this informal gathering of poets and poetry lovers to mark Poetry Day Ireland based on this year’s designate theme Truth or Dare? For example you can share a poem of your own, read a favourite poem, sing a song or chat about your favourite poet or poetry collection. The Poetry Day Open House evening will be hosted by Bealtaine Writer in Residence Eileen Sheehan in conjunction with local writing groups and starts at 7.30 pm.

The Bealtaine Writer in Residence programme is a partnership between The Arts Office, Kerry County Council and Kerry Writers’ Museum and is co-funded by Creative Ireland Kerry and the Arts Council.

Here is one of our favourite poems by the great Kerry writer Brendan Kennelly to get you in the spirit:

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.


2nd May 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm