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News Archive for October, 2013

Winning with poetryireland.ie and the Poetry Project

Posted on 1 Oct 2013

Congratulations to: Therese L. Broderick

With: ‘Due Pedali
Written in response to: In a hushed requite by Liam O’Callaghan


Due Pedali


Without her, the kitchen
is an orchid

losing petals.


A tile shrinks.        A wall slackens.


From the sink where he stands
echoes  –
her hands held

–  vanish.


Window and portal will fade,


old islands outside
yielding pods
will go mute

if he idles too long
at the faucet.


i due pedali


This silver basin.

One teaspoon, resting.




Author’s note: To achieve a ghostly, shimmering sound effect, a pianist presses two pedals – due pedali – at the same time.

Winning with poetryinternational.org and the Poetry Project

Posted on 1 Oct 2013

Congratulations to: Therese Pace

With: ‘WOMAN’
Written in response to: Hearth by Claire Power



To her, Nature has been kind and cruel.
Fitted her with a heart that walks her
strong, fragile, her soft pulpous endocarp
tender with pain, flexed with resilience.

In her special ordinariness she watches
the world go by; suffers at its hands;
appeases, dispensing with favours like
bucketfuls of rain upon the sidewalk.

A buttress, earthquakes will not shift her.
Grappling, she vigils on midnight fevers;
dims, recedes, draping her corporeity
around her sentiments like a tee shirt.

Her kinkiness has punch. Her dignity
is weighed with mien. She carries creation
on her navel like a pinafore. Man installs
himself in the palace of her heart like

original sin. Because of him she grows
boughs upon trees, reaches for the moon;
dwarfs, thrifting on choices and desires,
learning to soar and nosedive.

Her breasts are milk and honey. On them
she wears her talisman like a scimitar,
her paradox like a broach: lantern,
olive sprig, sponge and kernel stone.


Winning with poets.org and the Poetry Project

Posted on 1 Oct 2013

Congratulations to: Lisa J. Sullivan

With: ‘To the Bog of Allen’
Written in response to: Into the Mire by Nigel Rolfe


To the Bog of Allen

You are lonely because
you claim the lonely–
ancient dolmens,
abandoned trackways,
restless folk who fail
to check your depth
before they step.

But I saw that man
who stood on the edge
of your edge
and fell like a domino
into what he thought
was a part of himself.

Your typical lure–
he mistook a water ripple
for a weary mouth
pleading, “Help.”

You have always lain
between two sides
of a thing:
The Liffey–The Shannon.
They feed you
even when you aren’t hungry.

Did you let him rise
because you had no appetite?
Or have you learned to tell
the difference between
those who come to give
and those who come to take?

Dazed with your poison,
I thought he may give in,
but you let him crawl away.

Tell me–has your acidic palate
grown to dislike the taste
of the will of man?

Nigel Rolfe labelled

Announcing our 3 finale competition winners!

Posted on 1 Oct 2013

For our final competition we asked you to write us a poem in response to any one of the videos from the project.

To celebrate the truly global nature of The Poetry Project, we ran three parallel competitions with partners in the USA, and the Netherlands as well as with Poetry Ireland in Dublin.

With heartfelt thanks to all who entered. We were overwhelmed with the response, and it has been a very difficult set of descisions for the various judging teams. We have all really enjoyed reading the exciting and inspiring responses to the videos on the Poetry Project.


Click the links to read our winning poems


Announcing our US winner from poets.org

Congratulations to: Lisa J. Sullivan

With: ‘To the Bog of Allen
Written in response to: Into the Mire by Nigel Rolfe



Announcing our EU winner from poetryinternational.org

Congratulations to: Therese Pace

With: ‘WOMAN
Written in response to: Hearth by Claire Power



Announcing our winner from poetryireland.ie

Congratulations to: TBA

With: TBA
Written in response to: TBA