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LANDSCAPES OF WAR AND PEACE - Michael J. Whelan

LANDSCAPES OF WAR AND PEACE – Michael J. Whelan (Design – David Power )

 

LANDSCAPES OF WAR AND PEACE 

Poetry Exhibition – Michael J. Whelan

at the Red Line Book Festival 2014

The Great War it was said, was the war to end all wars, it wasn’t and Ireland’s soldiers and peacekeepers have found themselves caught up in the many conflicts spawned in its wake. This exhibition  LANDSCAPES OF WAR AND PEACE by poet Michael J. Whelan includes poems inspired by his experiences as a United Nations peacekeeper with the Irish Defence Forces and five poems from poets writing during the period of World War One.

 

Venue:                           Red Line Book Festival 2014 (South Dublin Libraries) – County Library Tallaght for the month of October

Launch:                        6th October

Information:            Further information will be available on the Red Line Book Festival website

All welcome

 

 

 

 

 

Words, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

Words, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

 

WORDS

 

The poet folds the paper

poem in four,

a perfect groove along the centre –

doubled,

places it safely into his pocket

lest the words fall from the page.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

Published in the InTallaght Magazine, Edition 55, July 2014

 

 

 

Observing, Botanical Gardens -Dublin, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

Observing, Botanical Gardens -Dublin, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

 

 

 

OBSERVING

 

There is only one golden leaf left

on the winter tree

near the river

 

a pigeon,

perched on a corner shop gutter

watches me

 

only turning its head

to follow a passing bus

towering over city traffic

 

on the crowded bridge

a woman begs loudly

with a paper cup.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

Published in the InTallaght Magazine, Edition 55, July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Darkness - Bushy Park Dublin, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

In Darkness – Bushy Park Dublin, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

IN DARKNESS

 

every morning

I leave for work

at 10 to 7

 

empty streets

 

excitement

in the trees

all sing for my attention

 

I want to cross the road

climb over the iron fence

and touch them.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

 

Published in the InTallaght Magazine, Edition 55, July 2014

 

 

THE GREAT WAR ROADSHOW

THE GREAT WAR ROADSHOW

 

I will be delivering a paper at the upcoming  Great War Roadshow,  which is coming to South Dublin in September with the Day Long Conference  being held in the County Library Tallaght. The Great War Roadshow is currently on tour around the country and is being brought to South Dublin by South Dublin County Council Heritage Office and the Red Line Book Festival in conjunction with www.talentbase.ie. On the bill for Saturday the 13th of September are Myles Dungan, John O’ Keefe, Ciaran Wallace, Turtle Bunbury and myself Michael J. Whelan

Myles Dungan will also present an evening of  songs and stories  in the Civic Theatre Tallaght on Friday 17th October at 8pm, performed by The Brook Singers, Brendan MacQuaile, Sadbh Burt Fitzgerald, Jonathan Creasy and Pianist Ronan Murray.

The day long conference is free of charge but booking is essential.  I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I might meet some of you there if you can make it along, it promises to be a great event.

 

The Evening of songs and stories has an admission of €12/€10

 

Please check out the poster, the Red Line Book Festival or TalentBase for details on both events.

Grafton Street Main Shopping Thoroughfare, Dublin City Centre. Grafton_Street_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1779314 Attribution: Richard Croft

Grafton Street Main Shopping Thoroughfare, Dublin City Centre. Grafton_Street_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1779314 Attribution: Richard Croft

 

GRAFTON STREET

 

Today, on Grafton Street,

while making my way

to the Eye and Ear Hospital,

I saw the poet Brendan Kennelly

resting over a metal bollard.

I went back to shake his hand

and say Hello Mr Kennelly,

I admire your poems,

but he was lost in the crowds.

His ears must be burning

as I’m still cursing myself.

 

(c)Michael J. Whelan

Published in the ECHO, (Tallaght Echo newspaper) 04 July 2014

 

United Nations Position - Lebanon, 1994. Photo: Michael J. Whelan

United Nations Position – Lebanon, 1994. Photo: Michael J. Whelan

 

IN IRELAND FAITH

 

Faith, of dead soldiers breathing,

a country’s deliverance in their family’s loss,

Ireland – good name built on milestones

sacrifices – each one –  their passing.

Do not turn out the light on their existence

but keep faith with those who have fallen.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

On Hurting Ground: Poetic Silhouettes on Soldier, History, Love and Tragedy by Michael J. Whelan (2009)

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