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on Tuesday 29th March @ 7 pm.

POETRY IRELAND in association with Lagan Press, Belfast


"Breakfast with Sylvia"

by Kevin Kiely

introduced by Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin of TCD

at Poetry Ireland, 120 St. Stephen¹s Green, Dublin 2


CV follows:

> ____________________________________________________________________________
> Kevin Kiely, born in Northern Ireland has lived, worked and studied in
> England, Europe and the US, is an honorary fellow-in-writing from the
> University of Iowa, has received six arts council bursary awards in
> literature, and is a critic and editor.
> Published work includes  'Plainchant for a Sundering'  (poem-sequence) Lapwing
> Press, Belfast 2001; 'Children of No Importance' (play) broadcast by RTÉ
> in 2000 for Wilde centenary; 'Multiple Indiscretions' (play) broadcast by RTÉ
> Radio in 1997; 'Mere Mortals', Poolbeg, Dublin 1989; 'Quintesse', St Martin¹s
> Press, New York 1985.
> Forthcoming titles: 'Francis Stuart‹Outcast' (critical biography), 'Breakfast
> with Sylvia' (poems), 'Putting a saddle on El Dorado' (novel).
> ____________________________________________________________________________

Comments on 'Breakfast with Sylvia'

> "Lyrical, original, faithful to the moment and its joys but with an undertone
> of sometimes rueful experience‹these are the poems of a man who has come
> through." Anthony Cronin
> "Kevin Kiely's writing shows the world alive, in a bracing air, in a sharp
> light, where a subject is probed and rattled by an Atlantic energy.  These
> poems are full of edgily real things, people and places caught in a sudden
> urgent perspective that shakes the reader with their nearness.  A poem such as
> ŒOn a deserted beach with a Sony Walkman¹’ succeeds in doing this
> simultaneously with the material world and with emotions and ideas about art.
> Poems on erotic themes are incandescent and stormy with an intellectual bite
> to them.  There is nothing glum or staid here and much that is invigorating to
> read." Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
> "There¹s an intriguing mixture of themes and tones in Kevin Kiely¹s new
> collection.  The mythic mingles with the realistic, the spiritual touches the
> material world, the robust sexuality of many of the poems lies side by side
> with moments of delicate reticence.  There¹s an energetic awareness of, and
> participation in, the joy of being; and perhaps it is this very joy that helps
> to account for the deeply moving elegy in memory of Lar Cassidy, a man who
> devoted his life to the arts. These poems are open and passionate, adventurous
> and daring.  Taken together, they create a world of their own.  Readers will
> enjoy exploring this world so convincingly shaped by Kevin Kiely."  Brendan
> Kennelly

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> Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 07:44:14 -0400
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> Subject: Re: genuinely academic inquiry?
> Dear all,
> Pound was not a pacifist. He adopted the Douglasite point of view that wars
> are caused by the business interests of the armaments industries (De Wendel,
> Schneider Creusot, Vickers, Krupp) allied with banking institutions (De Wendel
> for instance was both in the armaments business and director in the Banque de
> France; moreover he was a depute in the French parliament and owned a few
> newspapers).
> If one looks for such references to guns manufacturers and salesmen one finds
> them all over the place in the first two cycles of Cantos.
> Pound was of opinion that pacifism is splendidly used by the liberal
> establishment to obscure the real causes of war. Hence his violent enmity
> against the Carnegie Peace Foundation who in his opinion had done nothing to
> explain the causes of war or develop a policy to prevent further wars.
> If one needs any further proof that EP was not a pacifist, well, by now it is
> a well-established fact that he approved of the war in Abyssinia; this set him
> apart from all his Social Credit friends, who thought that "all wars are
> bankers' wars"
> Roxana Preda