Meeting Beetle: an encounter lost in a wood.

Meeting  Beetle: In my video on this blog called “Embracing Gaia Two” I mention a day at Schumacher College in Devon, UK. when I went for a long walk alone on the Dartington Estate. It lies on the edge of Dartmoor and the river Dart flows through it. For the first time in my life…

A New Poet’s Group Galway Ireland

I would like to start a Poet’s group in Galway or near there. Maybe creative writing students from NUIG or GMIT who find the fare there a bit dull might be interested in a bi weekly or monthly meet. I have a tendency to like young poets who challenge conventions but have no age, gender…

Walt Whitman’s Birthday

My dear friend Beth Philips reminded people on Facebook to-day that it was Whitman’s birthday so I posted the following:   Here are some (other) things to do on the day:    1. If you are feeling down or depressed read Whitman’s “Song of Myself” the first poem in “Leaves of Grass”. 2. Read a poem…

“God’s Own Country” and Biphobia

Bella Fitzpatrick writes in Ireland’s Gay Community News (GCN) of the 16th. March about the way Bisexuality is ignored or consumed under the blanket term Gay and about how many Gays are disappointed to find the characters in movies like “Call Me by Your Name” are actually Bisexual rather than Gay. I tend to agree…

Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan is a little known American poet, he was a friend of Thom Gunn and remembered in Gunn’s poem “Duncan” in Boss Cupid (2000). Gunn says of him: “While the pen wrote, and looked beyond conclusion” I am a bit haunted by metaphors about conclusions of late; Lorna Shaughnessy in “Sacrificial Wind” has Euripides…

The Sacrificial Wind 2

I posted my introduction to this piece when it was performed at the new theatre space in National University of Ireland Galway on the 23 rd of November 2016. https://hugofgaia.com/2016/11/24/my-introdution-to-the-sacrificial-wind-at-nuig-24th-november-2016/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true The space is now officially opened and is called The O’ Donoghue Centre for Theatre and Performance apparently becoming known as The ODT among students. The…

The River Has Rights

I wrote a poem some time ago called “On Being Lost” which talked about a river called “Bunowen” in Connemara, Ireland and how the river was my guide out of a wilderness place in which my partner and I had lost our way. The poem is below but at the time of writing I also…