Archive for the 'poetry' Category

Exciting Developments: Academic Writing, Poetry & Lorna Dee Cervantes!

It has been several weeks since I last posted here and a lot has happened in that time revolving around academic writing and poetry. First, November was Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo). I managed to reach just under 7,000 words, less than last year, but not to shabby nonetheless. Of course, #AcWriMo is so much more […]

Eiléan Ní Chuilléanáin’s “A Macaronic Citizen” and Poetry Translation: A Reflection

Several weeks ago I wrote a review of a poetry translation workshop I attended in University College Cork. It was a series of three meetings: 2 workshops and 1 seminar. This seminar was delivered by Eiléan Ní Chuilléanáin, poet, translator and academic on the 30 May 2013. Her paper, “A Macaronic Citizen” examined the complexity […]

Thesis in a Tweet

Recently I partook in a challenge to condense my thesis topic into a 140 character (or less) tweet. I decided to rework the opening lines of Romeo and Juliet as a nod to my literature studies background. This also helped to produce a succinct description that emulates the poetic core of my project. 2 Chicana poets, both alike in feminist dignity In unfair U.S. […]

“Shelling the Pecans” by Lorna Dee Cervantes (Audio)

This poem won Lorna Dee Cervantes the 2007 Pushcart Prize for Best of the Small Press. It was originally published in OCHO#6, 2006. The full text is available here. Similar Posts: A Review of Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems by Lorna Dee Cervantes Lorna Dee Cervantes at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, […]

“The Still, Sad Music of Humanity”: A Brief Appreciation of Poetry

In this TED Talk, Scott Griffin, founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize, discusses the importance of poetry, drawing on his own personal development and the role of arts in society. Throughout, his talk is flavoured with recitations of some of his favourite poems delivered in the manner of a true appreciator of poetry and language. […]

Poetry Translation Workshop: A Review

A series of Poetry Translation workshops are being held by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University College Cork over the coming weeks, hosted by writer in residence, Matthew Sweeney. I attended the first of these workshops on the 08th March 2013. Several texts by Spanish, German and French poets were provided, the aim […]

Cyborgs, Smart Phones and Poetry: Why We Should Memorise

I came across this post in The New Yorker recently called “Why We Should Memorize” and found plenty food for thought in it. Not so long ago I had a mental repository of dozens of poems and literary snippets that I could quote on demand. However, now I can barely remember phone numbers. The author, […]

Lorna Dee Cervantes at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, 26/05/12

In the spirit of National Poetry Day (UK) I have posted the following video of my favourite poet, Lorna Dee Cervantes. This video captures her reading at the ALA Conference, 2012: Similar Posts: Lorna Dee Cervantes Speaking at The Alamo in support of the Librotraficante Movement My first peer reviewed publication which compares the works […]

Poetry Matters: Mixing Poetics and Poetifying Conferences

Over the past few weeks I have been on what could be called a conference marathon: 4 conference papers in 6 weeks (Bookends VI: Deviance, Comparative Literature Association of Ireland First International Conference, Postgraduate Hispanic Studies Conference of Ireland and the UK, and the Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference)! Each conference had something unique to offer, […]

New Publication on Lorna Dee Cervantes and Rage Against the Machine

I am pleased to announce that my article titled, “Anti-Capitalist Critique and Travelling Poetry in the Works of Lorna Dee Cervantes and Rage Against the Machine” was published in the Journal of the International Association for Inter-American Research, Vol. 5 No. 1 (April 2012). The Issue is called Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture […]