Saturday, 7 September 2013

The Gathering Poem - a national call for poetry

This is a new one on me - kind of like the poetic equivalent of a conga dance! I'm working on a project at the minute that involves collaborative writing, so I find this interesting - a poem that is to be created by Irish poets in Ireland, or abroad. All Irish are welcome to submit. 

Brendan Kennelly has started the poem with a first line. It falls to the rest to add their own four lines. Those seem to be the rules - four lines only, Irish or Irish descendants can enter, submit through the dedicated website, and write your poetic lines about Ireland. See full mission statement here  One set of new lines will be released weekly in September and October, chosen by an editorial board. So, the final deadline is the end of October but it's an ongoing submission and selection process from now until then. The poem is published both on the website and ultimately in book form. The book version of the poem is to be sold publicly, and also presented to the President of Ireland.

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