I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, Black Bough, to name a selection. Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote books on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of film star Stephen Boyd.
My own original Text ©2020 Joe Cushnan (But you can RT!)
I am delighted to present a guest post by exemplary writer/poet Damien Donnelly.
I’ve returned to my beginnings not only older, occasionally wiser and sometimes wider- depending on the cake baked that week, but more importantly holding dreams I never thought I’d be able to clutch onto, let alone turn into reality. ‘Eat the Storms, Mother said’, is a line from the poem Scarlet Rising, from my debut collection and it has taken a long time to understand that concept. To embrace all, the light and the dark, the glorious colour and the shades of shadow the surround them, while turning through the spirals of tales and time.
‘…I am looking
to find a new shape; turning back,
recalling that first mark, to measure how far
from it I ran, to see what was left behind,
to lay it to rest and find the rest of me
beneath the red ink tipped into this flesh…’
from my poem Red Ink.
‘I wanted to draw
the sound of the moon
on a sun-drenched beach,
stripped down to white sand,
white wave, white skin…’
From ‘Meditation Under the Yellow Sun’, Eat the Storms, Damien B Donnelly, The Hedgehog Poetry Press.
My podcast will air in September 2020, entitled Eat The Storms, and will be available on Spotify and most podcast platforms https://open.spotify.com/show/0mOECCAcx0kMXg25S0aywi