The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 10, 22nd August 2017

The Poetry of Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is an Irish chef and writer currently living in Chicago. His first collection ‘Somewhere but not Here’ won the RL Poetry Award, 2016 International category and is due to be published late 2017. He has been published worldwide in places such as Warscapes, Spontaneity, Indian Review, Tuck Magazine, The Poetry Bus, The Galway …

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Art into Poetry, Poetry into Art

– or Ekphrasis – 3. Paul Celan’s Death Fugue and the paintings of Anselm Kiefer   In Phil Dunn’s fascinating article in Issue 9, From the Other Side, Paul Celan and his Death Fugue  was mentioned. This particularly interested me because in 2014 I visited the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and …

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The Poetry and Voice of Tom Hade

Tom Hade is an English & Film student at University College Dublin and still fairly new to the Dublin poetry scene. He has performed at slams and open mics around the city, along with competing in the 2017 InterVarsity Poetry Slam and having had his work published in UCD’s Caveat Lector. He rarely sticks to the …

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New Poet, Marcy Clarke

I am new to writing- less then a year of poetry under this novice belt-It has become my mentor, where I write my whispers-a wise grief therapist sent me into this new land and I thrive…       . . . Wages Of War . the tree outside my window creaks in the breeze, one …

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Poetry by Lorraine Carey

Lorraine Carey was born in Coventry, England and moved to Greencastle, Co. Donegal where she grew up. Her poetry has been widely published in the following : Vine Leaves, The Galway Review, Olentangy Review, Dodging the Rain, A New Ulster, Quail Bell, Live Encounters, ROPES, North West Words, Sixteen, Stanzas and Poethead and is forthcoming …

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Beth Kilkenny, Poetry

Beth lives in Dublin. She writes a feminist parenting blog, and is also an MA student of Gender Studies. Her poetry is on the themes of motherhood and womanhood. www.themotherhub.ie       . . . Mine  . Not his, not theirs, not ours, not yours. No papers, no vows, no book, no belief bestowed …

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Poetry by Dorothy Dickinson

Poet. Translator. Dreamer. Newlywed. Previously featured in such journals as College Green and Banshee, she can currently be found in Dublin, Ireland, working away madly on her dissertation. Wish her luck.             . . . Helen Reimagined . .She pops a pill while doing the dishes, swallows it without water, allows her eyes …

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Poetry by Linda Stevenson, Christopher Moore and Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Linda Stevenson is a founding member of Melbourne Poets Union, facilitator of poetry groups in gaols and community centres, contributor to anthologies. Chapbook “The Tipping Point”, a collection of eco-poems published in 2015, feature guest poet on Radio 3CR “Spoken Word”. Active as a poet within the online poetry sector, hosts regular Salons at her …

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Spotlighted Poet, Geraldine O’Kane

Geraldine O’Kane is a poet, creative writing facilitator, arts administrator and mental health advocate. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, journals and zines in Ireland, the UK and the US, most recently Arlen House, Ascent Aspirations, Eyewear Publishing, FourXFour Poetry Journal, Flare Magazine, The Galway Review, Poethead, Lagan Press Online and Poems in …

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Poetry by Lucia Salvato

Born in Italy, living in Dublin (Ireland) for 10 years, I enjoy writing poems about the greatly unknown universe of the mind. I am a mature student of Mathematics and Physics at the OU, mother of one boy, I love travelling to let myself be surprised by the beauty of nature and by the different …

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The Poetry of Mícheál McCann

Mícheál is a student in the Queen’s University Belfast, between the School of English and the Heaney Centre for Poetry. Enamoured with queer art & American visual culture, among other things (foggy mornings, dogs, etc.).         . . . . . A Birthday Card   . Documenting June 23rd – September 20th He …

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Poetry by Alfred Booth

Alfred Booth is an American professional pianist who lives in France. He folds origami; its patience often inspires poetry. When he not at the piano learning new arcane repertoire to stretch his horizons, he teaches would-be amateur musicians to put enough bread on the table. He has studied extensively harpsichord and the cello. Currently he …

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