Saturday 23 September 2017

Poetic licence

Con Houlihan
Con Houlihan

Con Houlihan

In a previous incarnation I was the editor of a periodical. And so you might say that I have come down in the world -- and I don't mean The Sunday World. The Taxpayers' News was a rather prosaic title for a monthly magazine that was anything but prosaic.

It was bright and lively and in some ways you could say it was bizarre. You might see an article on how to make good concrete side by side with a poem, perhaps a love poem.

Patrick Kavanagh used to say that the standing army of Irish poets was never less than a thousand. He didn't know the half of it: it seemed to me that this number was in Kerry alone. The appearance of Castle Island's first-ever paper seemed to convince half of Kerry that they could write poetry. Little old ladies and little young ladies strove for instant fame. I couldn't accommodate them all.

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