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Creative Writing: New Poetry

A New Poem: Coming To

On my back. In the dark. Given up to night. I lie, a fool aground. A suckling. Yearning, turning in want and will, smothering in the urges of the underneath. Up there the spangled stars. The moon one quarter lit and on the wane. Hiding its hollows in its divide. And the black beyond. That dark that shades the darkness. The lacuna. Night pulls me in * Night holds me still. Night holds my wants against my will, until I am upended, and released to rise again. * Oh stars, shining in from forever ago, unfathomable in your million millions (Why…

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Creative Writing: New Poetry

Love Hurts? No Way

Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance dazzles, lonesome bleeds. Well yes, indeed. But none of the above is love. Love helps, love lights. Love warms, love rights. Love soothes, love feeds. Love calms, love heals. Oh yes, what will heal the sting of pain, and make your life feel good again, (again, again, and yet again), is love. Love hurts, they say. I say no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Poetry Pamphlets (Volume…

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Creative Living: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love

“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious female voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “Fuck off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against Irish groveling to the Roman Catholic  church in Fanatic Heart, a documentary about the life and work of Ireland’s great poet (and subject of my most recent novel): William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that the poet and  literary statesman brought about revolutionary change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Instead of guns, his modus operandi was a poetic national vision, betrayed by the Roman Catholic nation-state that emerged after Irish independence. So it was not…

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What I Think Of WB Yeats: Guest Post By Marése O'Sullivan

I’ve always been intrigued by WB Yeats. As an English Literature graduate who specialised in Creative Writing, I suppose it’s only natural that his use of language inspired me. The evolution of his early poetry to late poetry, along with his distinctly visual plays, really made me consider the kind of person he must have been and, particularly, what led to his reckless evocation of love. Learning about his relationships with Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne gave me a deeper understanding of the man and his writing. I became interested in these fiery women who dominated his life. I’ve researched…

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Author interview about Yeats, Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne

On Saturday, I did an interview with Marese O’Sullivan, a young Irish student here in London who is fascinated by the Gonnes’ relationship with WB Yeats and wanted to know more about my motivation for writing the trilogy. Marese had a lot of questions, so we’re breaking the interview into three parts (so fitting for a trilogy!). In this one we discuss what drew me to writing books about these people and which of the three I like to write about most. And Marese describes WB Yeats and Maud Gonne as the iconic “non-couple” of the 20th century and asks…

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From my most recent Author Interview: By Marese O’Sullivan for Writers.ie. “Orna Ross is a bestselling Irish author, now based in London, with novels, poems and nonfiction to her name. Her most recently published novel is After The Rising, a multi-generational murder mystery set against the backdrop of the Irish Civil War. Her much-anticipated sequel, ‘Before the Fall’, is due for release in February 2012. Ross returned to London in 2009 having lived there in the 1990s. Despite the fact that the majority of her novels to date have been set in Ireland, she feels that she needs “to live outside the country…

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