Category Archives: Quotes on Writing

From Susan Sontag, superb observations on writing…

“A writer is someone who pays attention to the world — a writer is a professional observer.” – Susan Sontag https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/02/10/the-project-of-literature-susan-sontag-92y/ I would go as far as to say that no book is worth reading if it isn’t worth reading … Continue reading

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Kintsugi

From the review of Fracture by Andres Neuman by Ian Sansom in the Guardian Review, Saturday 4 July 2020 — a much-needed idea for our broken times: Fracture returns several times to describe the practice of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing … Continue reading

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Call for Submissions from Front-Line Workers & Families; “Fighting Words: A Snapshot” published in Irish Times

The national Fighting Words organisers are seeking stories, articles and poems from Irish front-line workers and their families — see https://www.fightingwords.ie/news/new-call-submissions-one-time My article “Fighting Words: A Snapshot” has been published in the Irish Times on-line edition — see https://www.irishtimes.com/fighting-words-a-snapshot-1.4273838  

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Ovid on Covid

“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” / Dolor hic tibi proderit olim — from ThoughtCo

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Unforgettable Broadcast of Poetry and Science on 25 April 2020

The (Virtual) Universe in Verse will be broadcast on-line on Saturday, April 25 at 21:30 GMT. The programme will include readings of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, Pablo Neruda, June Jordan, Mary Oliver, Audre Lorde, Wendell Berry, Hafiz, Rachel … Continue reading

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“…strange indeed that illness has not taken its place…among the prime themes of literature.”

On St Patrick’s Day 2020, as a highly-contagious influenza virus shows us just how fragile our personal constitutions, health care systems and governments are, it’s worth taking another look at Virginia Woolf’s essay “On Being Ill.” It begins: “Considering how … Continue reading

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Bisociation, Anthimeria, and Syllepsis

Precise and wonderful words about language in an article titled “How Advertisers Trick Your Brain by Turning Adjectives into Nouns” by James Harbeck in an e-zine called The Week.  The words are more accessible than they appear. From the article: … Continue reading

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Margo Gorman’s New Novel to be Launched on Thurs 5 March 2020

Margo Gorman’s new novel Michel-Michelle, an intriguing tale of gender and transgender identity, will be launched by Victorina Press in the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin on Thursday, 5 March. Best wishes to Margo, a dedicated writer and Fighting Words … Continue reading

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Dems, You Can Defeat Trump in a Landslide

Excellent article in the NY Times by Thomas Friedman — a genuinely American strategy to overcome the antagonistic demagoguery that is ruining the country — https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/opinion/democratic-primary-candidates.html?referringSource=articleShare

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…with as little concealment as possible…

Galway Kinnell said, “To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” What’s in a Name? DH … Continue reading

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