Sunday, October 08, 2006

White House Poetry Revival Wed 11th Oct 2006


White House Poetry Revival
Wed 11th Oct. 2006 9.30pm

(please note due to the Ireland v Czeck Republic match we will be starting half an hour later)

This weeks special guest is Irish American poet Carlos Reyes.

CARLOS REYES is an Irish-American poet blessed with an Hispanic name. Of hiswork Carolyn Kizer has said: ³Mr. Reyes is one of our local and nationaltreasures. His poetry is as clear and strong as his social conscience. Oneis always struck by his sensual and sensory qualities: the touch, taste,feel, color of things, and his ability to capture a mood, a world, in ahandful of lines.
His books of poetry include The Shingle Weaver¹s Journal(1980), a finalist for the Elliston Prize, Nightmarks (1990) and A SuitcaseFull of Crows (1995), a Bluestem Winner and a finalist for the Oregon BookAwards in 1996. He has also published nine chapbooks, including TheWindows(1967),The Prisoner (1973), The Orange Letters (1976), At DoolinQuay (1980), Open Doors, a translation of Ecuadorean poet Edwin Madrid¹s³Puertas abiertas²(1999). ³Oilean Agus Oilean Eile² (Two Islands) wasselected as a finalist in the 1993 and 1995 National Poetry SeriesCompetition . His poetry manuscript³This Metaphor for the World Rubén DaríoGave us Azul,² was a finalist for the 1999 Backwaters Prize. At the Edge ofthe Western Wave, a finalist for the 2002 National Poetry Series, waspublished by Lost Horse Press in 2004. At present, in addition to his almostdaily poetry writing, he is beginning to compile the poems for acollected/selected works, which hopefully will appear before his 75thbirthday.
His latest book of poems is At the Edge of the Western Waverecounts to some extent his thirty years or so experience in Ireland. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, editor and book designerKaren Checkoway, and travels to Ireland, where he maintains a late 18thCentury cottage, and other interesting places such as Cuba, Ecuador, Greeceand Spain. Since 1982 he has worked in the Artists-in-Schools program, YoungAudiences and Writers-in-the-Schools teaching poetry writing to all gradelevels.

The White House Poetry Revival has being going now for three years. Every Wednesday the famous old world bar is transformed into a centre of culture as poets recite their latest work. Barney Sheehan and Dominic Taylor , the people behind the revival of poetry at the White House, continue to attract the best of Irish and International poetry to Limerick. The White House Poets would like to acknowledge the involvement of the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, Limerick City Council and the White House Bar for their continued support that has helped make the White House one of the pre eminent venues for poetry in Ireland.
As usual the reading is preceded by an open mic session in which anyone who wishes to read is invited to do so. Complementary finger food is provided and proceeding commence at 9.00 pm.

For further information contact Barney Sheehan at 086 8657494 or Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409.

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