Thursday, 21 March 2013


Happy World Poetry Day!

In honour of the day I am giving away a copy of my last collection The Juno Charm (Salmon, 2011). Just leave a comment to go into the draw.

And here's a poem from the book for the day that's in it.

The Writer’s Room
after The Guardian’s photographs

My desk was a present from Margaret Atwood.
After Zen and the Art of Uterus Maintenance
sold its first million, she said I needed a place
to write, other than the local bus-shelter.

My view is of the bare wall, of course;
the window and the street are too distracting
for a mind as relentlessly creative as mine –
the very leaves on the trees inspire me.

I picked up the rug on a trek in Uzbekistan,
and that basque-shaped card is from Madonna –
she just adored my last little offering:
The Sex of a Good Enough Woman.

My chair, as you can see, is a bale of hay.
I will always be a simple farmer’s daughter,
with that need to stay close to natural things;
my oak shelves were salvaged from the Titanic.

My computer is Sony’s latest – trés posh –
but I, of course, prefer paper and ink, then
I bash out a final draft on my Remington,
and let my super editor deal with it all.

Have you bought the new collection yet,
Back-pedalling from Hell on My Menstrual Cycle?
It’s sort of Paul Muldoon meets Wendy Cope,
with a dash of Famous Séamus, for gravitas.

My agent says it will be my biggest book to date,
so I’ve left space on the shelf for a few gongs:
The T.S. Eliot, the Irish Times, the Nobel –
I’ll be content with whatever comes my way.

Yes, it’s in this humble room – where I am
unassailable – that all the magic begins.


motherdear said...

Yes Please! Put me in for the draw :)


You're in, Mother Dear :)

Merc said...

I would love a copy of The Juno Charm, especially since I´ve had the pleasure of seeing it in action.

Unknown said...

I'd love to engage with the Juno charm. Thanks

Vanessa Gebbie said...

I'd like to win a copy, not for me (I've got my own...) but to give away to someone else who'd love it. x

Caroline M Davies said...

I would love to receive a copy of the Juno Charm which has been on my 'to-read' list for too long now.

Brian Kirk said...

Count me in Nuala - really enjoyed the poem by the way!

MimsMemes said...

I'd love to win a copy!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I enjoyed reading your poem and would love to be entered in the draw!

creativepalabras said...

Yes please, I would like to win a copy. Thanks and happy poetry day!

Anonymous said...

Oh goodness yes please! I loved Mother America and the poem above is pure gold. Happy UNESCO World Poetry Day!

Nora Nadjarian said...

Belated happy poetry day. With love from bankrupt Cyprus.


Right back at ya, Nora, from bankrupt Ireland :(
I'll put you in the hat.


And the winner is Mims Memes.

Hi Mims. Congrats!
Please send me your address to nuala AT nualanichonchuir DOT com. Cheers!

MimsMemes said...

Thank you so much! I'm so happy!