30 poems for April

I signed up for the NaPoWriMo for poetry month. I will write a poem a day, although I cannot promise that I will post them all here. Yet, to celebrate this crazy idea, here is No.1: Through steady rain fall I hear bird song, staccato on April’s Fool Day Day 2: (2nd April) Secret The rabbits floated on a makeshift boat White-purple sky reflected on water. Surely, I was one of them. What coat, brown, black or white? It did not matter. It is enough to say we were many, a group of dreamers and wanna-bees. Pure play: pretend father, mother, baby - our nagging worries had butterfly wings. I cooked you a star-soup and you drank it. It could have been the only nourishment on the whole tenement -


Earlier in the year, Headstuff published a poem in their Revolution NOW series: Vertical appeared in the fist issue of A New Ulster as well, edited by Amos Greig. I suppose, this is one of my "more accessible" poems. I like writing about big cities, perhaps, because I live in a small village. I find cities often inspirational and exciting, but also draining. #ANewUlster #Headstuff #poems

Poetry Originals

Colin Dardis, the editor of Lagan Online asked me to submit a poem. It was very hard to choose. Eventually, he chose Berlin from a group of four poems. This poem had a very long gestational time, but the final version appeared after I had spent a day in Berlin sightseeing on my own in 2013. We had been shooting an art documentary there with the Melchiorsgrund Theatre Company playing Die Gute Zeit by Ernst Barlach. I had a whole day on my hand after the shoot and the city impressed me with its vibrant culture and history. I had lived on both sides of the wall in certain periods of my life, spending my young years in Hungary, behind the Iron Curtain, then many years in Western Germany. Of cour

Theatre making

I attended the Playwrights' Bootcamp organised by Accidental Theatre a couple of weeks ago. It was an amazing experience, including a day with Bouffon artists Gemma and David from Amadan. Now Accidental Theatre is putting on a new show in Belfast. Most importantly and relevant for me, they seek out the most interesting venues for their shows. This time, it will be at Riddell's Warehouse is a four-storey building constructed 1865 - 67 by Thomas Jackson & Son for John Riddell & Son. The warehouse sold cast iron manufactured at the Musgrave Iron Foundry until it relocated in the 1960s. The building was later acquired as part of Musgrave Street Police Station and served as a store room 'security


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