Thomas McCarthy - Let the Un-digging Begin
Let the un-digging begin. This is an intense poetry workshop spent in an atmosphere of ecology and poems as a restorative activity. The workshop hours will be spent in intensive searching after the best humane and holistic possibilities of texts presented. We will work to put things back, not to take things away; this is poetry-workshopping as a meitheal cháirde, a fiercely protective intense building-up of the creative self. We will work as far as possible to identify a poet’s distinctive atmosphere, the driving creative atmosphere of each poet, and to build on the possibilities of each poet’s unique personal stories. We’re going to resurrect the turf of life you’ve already burned and bring it back to the wildflower bog where your soul was first made whole. Leave your cantankerous and individualistic ego at the cross-roads, we’re going to rise up after these six hours with one prodigious communal ego. We will be poets made mighty. That’s what I’m after in this workshop.
Bring 12 copies of three poems you want to work on at the workshop.
Bring 12 copies of a list (your list) of 20 words that you most associate with the word ECOLOGY.
Workshop will run 9.15am – 11.15 am, Friday 21st – Sunday 23rdJune
Venue to be confirmed
Thomas McCarthy was born at Cappoquin, Co. Waterford in 1954 and educated at University College Cork. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry as well as the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award. He worked for many years at Cork City Libraries before he began to write fulltime in 2014. In 1994-95 he was Humphrey Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota. He was elected to the Irish artists’ assembly, Aosdána in 1998. He is a former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review. His work has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Japanese and several other languages. His work has been republished in more than thirty anthologies of Irish poetry, including The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetryand, most recently, in An Anthology of Irish Poetry from Harvard University Press as well as The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry: Volume II (Wake Forest University Press). His Prophecy is published by Carcanet Press in 2019.