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Poetic licence

Con Houlihan

Published 26/06/2008 | 08:47

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.

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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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