Irish Poets Theo Dorgan & Paula Meehan at Folger Theatre
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The last date listed for Theo Dorgan & Paula Meehan: Contemporary Poetry from Ireland was Monday September 19, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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I was delighted that the Folger with the support of the Irish Arts Council provided this opportunity to hear 2 Irish poets that rarely come to the U.S. I was particularly thrilled to hear Paula Meehan, as women poets in Ireland don't often get the recognition they richly deserve. The setting was ideal for the reading, the moderator knowledgable, and the introductions lent much to the evening. Street parking near the Folger Theater is easy to find on a weekday evening, and the proximity to the Library of Congress and Capitol make it a relatively safe neighborhood. at night
Supported by Imagine Ireland, an initiative of Culture Ireland
Introduction and conversation moderated by Joseph M. Hassett, Folger Poetry Board member and author of _W.B. Yeats and the Muses
Paula Meehan is an award-winning Irish poet, playwright, and professor. Her books of poetry include Painting Rain, Return and No Blame, Pillow Talk, and Dharmakaya, among others. She is a recipient of the Butler Award for Poetry from the Irish American Cultural Institute.
From _Grandmother, Gesture*
My grandmother’s hands come back to soothe me.
They smell of rain. They smell of the city.
They untangle my hair and smooth
my brow. There’s more truth
To those hands than to all the poems
in the holy books . . .
Theo Dorgan is a poet, prose writer, editor, and translator. His latest poetry collections include Greek and What This Earth Costs Us. He has written scripts for film documentaries and worked as a presenter of literature programs on radio and television for more than 25 years. A former director of Poetry Ireland, he is the recipient of the 2010 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Prize for Irish Poetry.
There will be time in the long days and nights,
stunned by the sun or driven by the stars,
to unwind your spool of life.
__*From Greek © 2010 by Theo Dorgan, published by Dedalus Press. Used with permission.
**From _Dharmakaya © 2002 by Paula Meehan, published by Wake Forest University Press. Used with permission._