Imbolg: Published November 2020 by Arlen House.
Poems of change, walking, night, murder and lockdown. See my Books page for details.
Excerpt from 'Imbolg' in Imbolg (2020)
A new season
My mother's wintered womb, goodbye.
It hasn't been an easy passage, sea unquiet
in a pitch of murky shots and shockings.
Take and eat me, Glut of Light, display me
in your bare-arsed honesty. Here I come
breaching the small gap like a spear
hand and leg before me.
I am her pain.
Excerpt from Parvit of Agelast: a fantasy in verse, published September 2016.
--Shortlisted for the Pigott Prize, 2017--
"In the beginning was the closed eye, and so it will be in the end. In here happens all that will happen. In here all things are made that are made."
from The Lore of the Ancestors
"There is time," says Giant to Daughter. ˜You can stop and look."
"But there are so many places, and so much to be done," says Daughter, wild with her endless compulsions.
"There is time," Giant says, sucking a Daughter-eye from its matrix and placing it at the centre of a hollow cube within her own incalculable mass.
The walls of the cube are black at first, then become silver screens. The eye understands that there is about to be a show, but an eye does not decipher, only relays.
White, slush thick, silver glints, green spots, a red tint.
Traces of ore and settled gold, dints of crystalline spikes.
Slumps of gray, streal of icy droplets, flinty sleet hails.
But a unitary feel. A halted, vast, conspiratorial mash.
It's a stomach, a full bowl. Stake your fork and cling.
Nothing pulls. Opposites collapse. Undescription.
History spread so thin it covers everything. Challenge. Frustration. You sigh and go under. Should
you sleep, ruminate, or shovel to sheds the drippings,
the million blunted swords? You forget grass,
mountain, open sky, all that's radical in rock,
resign to hope. Miss the sudden scatter, that instant
when you first view Agelast, city of slate, designing
your fall to its order, tonguing you to its hard core.
Dense white cloud above; below, four-square gloam.
Pagan to the Core , published in 2013, is an enhanced edition of my first book, with 18 new poems that are a kind of redaction, the newer self looking back on "her". Selves, selves and more selves. Lyric eyes.
Savage Solitude: Reflections of a Reluctant Loner, explores the lone state in a series of colloquys, aphorisms and fragments. It has three internal voices, one of which consists of quotations, and I hope its references and bibliography can be something of a resource.
I am known as a performance poet, which at this point means that I usually recite rather than read, and deliver the poems somewhat dramatically. My main interest is in the exploration of the rhythms of experience and how to represent them structurally in language. Poetry, in other words. Having written some fiction for adults and children, I am now interested in essay and its poetic potential. My PhD consisted of a book-length poetic essay and the suggestion of a new term— Autopoetic Essay— for the attempt to imitate a living system in text. I believe this is what engages many writers of ‘lyric essay’ and ‘creative nonfiction’. It is the perennial quest to say what exceeds saying by means of the structures of saying. For more thoughts on performance and textual embodiment, I invite you to read these blogs from my series: ’Score’, ’Present and Unaccounted For’ and ’The Embodied Text’.
My (as yet unpublished) three-volume story for children, The Jimmy Meridian Story, has to do with the power and effects of thought.
Máighréad MedbhDownload The Body Coat (e-book) for free.
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Other Video Links:
Performance at Phonica: 9. 2018. "Anhedonia"
Launch of Parvit of Agelast 2016
In Conversation with Máighréad Medbh on Vimeo
Climacteric in the Extreme - YouTube
Performance at the University of Vigo
Performance from Tenant, at Wildly Different Things Art Exhibition, March 2010
Interview Tall Girl Shorts 1999