Monday 18 December 2017

Rhyme and reason

Your recent negative article prompted me to buy Michael D Higgins's book of poetry ('New & Selected Poems') at Heuston Station as I headed to Westport for the weekend. Could it be that bad?

I read it on the journey west and I enjoyed it. It was honest and unassuming, unlike the expert referenced in last Friday's piece, who apparently sees himself as a spokesman of some importance; an authority perhaps.

Poetry and prose is good when it is personal. It becomes great when it leaves the printed page and lands in the hearts and minds of others, who are in some way moved by it. That movement is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. All there needs to be is movement. Where there is no movement within the reader, it is not for them. Move on and read another.

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