Words and Wordsmiths


Some Questions Regarding Poems


Michael Augustin, who posed Some Questions Regarding Poems, is a German poet and a great lover of Ireland.  The translation is by his wife, Sujata Bhatt.  I post this for y’all, on this, International Poetry Day, 2019.  That we may continue to question, and that...

The Romance of Cinemas


  Cinemas are romance in so many ways, above and beyond even the magic of the silver screen;  the fantasy, the possibilities, the beguiling landscapes and beguiling beauties, the lifting of the heart to music or dance or humour, the racing of the heart to...

We Need To Talk About Ireland


      The May morning after Savita Day, Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times newspaper tweeted “Oh god I just remembered all the Irish novelists and playwrights. What will they do now we don’t have shame and guilt anymore? Gogo in Godot: What do...

Connections : Art In The Wild


      Many long moons ago, for a few short months, Peter von Tiesenhausen and I were neighbours in an artists’ colony in Banff. Full of the joy and excitement of fertile solitude, we also gleefully indulged in interaction with the other resident souls...

CASUS BELLI


“Casus Belli”an act or situation that provokes or justifies a war. 2003. In a London cafe, Keith Nearing the anti-hero of Martin Amis’ novel “The Pregnant Widow” is reading The Times; reading about the ‘axis of evil’ war, the war purportedly provoked –  but more...

Love Is Not Just For February


  I love icons and saints and saints’ stories and mark their feast days with the appropriate symbols and flowers. All except Saint Valentine. Poor Saint Valentine, he was hijacked by consumerism and the money spinners turned his celebration into a day fostering loneliness, disappointment,...

Into The Darkness


On November 9th 2016, still in bed, almost blind with disturbed sleep and terrified disbelief, I posted this: “Woke in the darkness to The Darkness. Everything is tumbling….stocks, hopes, pesos. The lights are going out all over the world.” “The Dark Ages” “The Dark Times”...

Leonard Cohen and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha


Inspired by Leonard Cohen’s “Be With Me” I made this collage of medals and relics in November 2010, possibly – sinfully – triumphantly justifying my hoarding of the family collection of such religious/superstitious – but also historically valuable – memorabilia and taliswomen. Leonard Cohen was...

The Seasons of Enlightenment


It’s not losing our glasses that causes us the most grief anymore, not even losing our keys or the odd sock….it’s our telephones.  Our personal telephones are like our gods, they are called a different name in each religion and each culture, but essentially, they...

When I Am An Old Woman


  It is the last Sunday in August on Lake Annecy.  It is 38 degrees, and I am alone, sitting at the dining table on the terrace, shaded by a loggia of jasmine, wisteria and clematis, eating my Sunday lunch, before packing my Stand Up...