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The Blind by Christine Murray - Poetry Collection Review by Peter O'Neill

There is a tremendous sense of the physical world in the poetics of the Dublin-based poet Chris Murray. Perhaps nowhere can this be illustrated more than in the poem Episiotomy, which forms part of her visceral collection The Blind.

the delicate steels are leaning in a row on
blue
blue cloths awaiting their use

The unexpected collocation, delicate steels, throws one instantly. The clue, of course, is in the title. An episiotomy is “a planned surgical...

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In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell - Essay Review and Commentary Article by Zack Breslin

“I think that there is far too much work done in this world [and] that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous”

Last week I had the sublime pleasure of collecting from social welfare a triple dole payment. Having previously been denied the good graces of the Department of Social Protection for continuously forgetting to sign on, the payment was a welcome end to weeks of poverty which at one point, had me questioning the legitimacy of my own status as a “scrounger”. Is it fair, I asked myself, for a man to be given his subsistence and more without making any working contribution to the wellbeing of his community and the health of the Irish...

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Let the Problem Hang Itself - Drama Commentary Article by Maggie Hogan

In a drama workshop when problems arise, I often respond to them by playing out the problem. When outside of the workshop, why don’t I practice what I teach?

As a drama facilitator I have observed and as a participant I have been the individual within a group denying offers made by others. The result of denying the offer made to me did not just disable me but disabled the whole group from being able to progress with the action.

Luckily, for most problems in a drama workshop there is a theatre game. And, as in life, there is a drama game that can also be applied...

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The Elm Tree by Peter O'Neill - Poetry Collection Review by Ross Breslin

In reviewing the work of a poet who you have not only published but also consider to be a personal friend, there is always going to be a certain anxiety in approaching the subject matter. At once you want to preserve your objectivity as a critic while at the same time supporting and encouraging your friend in their professional pursuits. If the material is sub-par there can be no victory to the endeavour, beyond perhaps feigning the flu and achieving forfeit in a sort of self-administered dishonourable discharge. Thankfully however, with Peter O’Neill and his first hardcopy collection of poetry, “The Elm Tree”, such concerns do not even come into play. It is an easy thing to remain objective about a friend’s art when you enjoy it immensely...

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