Lifting poetry off the page

Lifting poetry off the page

Young Irish writers are bringing poetry to a whole new audience through spoken word performances, writes Paulie Doyle

A quote from Seamus Heaney is written in bold, black letters across a white wall inside 11 Parnell Square East: “I rhyme/To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”

Beneath it, in a corner of the front room of the Georgian building that is home to Poetry Ireland, lies a slab of Tesco-brand lager, bought by 21-year-old Dubliner Emmet O’Brien. He’ll share these cans with some of the 130 or so people who attend tonight’s...

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