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Published: 2245 days ago

DWF is looking for YOU!

DWF is coming to town and is looking for you. What does DWF stand for? DWF doesn’t stand for Dream Wrestling Forum although the idea would be similar but stands for Dublin Writing Forum. DWF is an open group, organised by Anne Tannam and …

Published: 2265 days ago

Announcing…

…the wind-up (for now) of the writing feature here. The Upstart blog has published a wide range of poetry, drama and prose by Upstart poster contributors and others, and we’d like to thank all of the contributors for their work. To close this phase …

Published: 2298 days ago

Poem: Donal Mahoney, Botanical Garden

When she arrives in sunlight, orchid ribbons flowing in her hair, an orchid dress rising, she finds the rest of us are standing there, simply unaware that only she can hear the applause of a thousand orchids break the air. Donal Mahoney, whose parents …

Published: 2299 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh decides to clone himself

Lugh decides to clone himself in case the world is too much or not enough in case I am childless but I am not in case I need to know where my doppleganger is but I do in case I want to interrogate myself …

Published: 2307 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh considers the Paradox of the Raven

Lugh considers the Paradox of the Raven nothing can be a raven and not a raven phenomenon is hostage a raven is hostage a raven is not hostage hostage to nothing a raven is nothing a raven is not nothing nothing can be a …

Published: 2308 days ago

The Shock of a Long Shot…

In the course of my random writing discussions with fellow writers, someone told me about a new and audacious online magazine. Longshot is a magazine that is produced from start to finish in the space of 48 hours. 48 hours? Yes, you read right! …

Published: 2310 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh considers a Defence of Realism

Lugh Considers A Defence of Realism: involuntary                                                                    pine trees yes                                                                     bulldozed and buried yes                            and twisted branches that do not reach for the sky yes                    o                                                    and storks and wolves yes                                                     but not the dusky seaside sparrow This is the third in Paul Perry’s …

Published: 2324 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh considers – Ireland Ireland

Lugh considers – Ireland Ireland 1. the sleep of an old oak tree the deftness of the graveyard the sleep of a bird on a rolling wave shy eyes down your mouth keeps coming blowing the moon the moon the moon if I slept …

Published: 2329 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh in Space

Lugh in Space weightless – how magnificent breathless equally so – fulfilling all my potential rising above it all growing like a bubble from some child’s instrument strange though the stars struck dumb and gravity throwing me towards a planet I have never known …

Published: 2338 days ago

Poem: William Wall, 10 Best places to write a poem

10 Best places to write a poem on a footstool in the ladies lingerie department on a tomb in the protestant cemetery under the television in the railway station bar in the back of a Hiace van at a red light on a Sunday …