BALLYCASTLE – POETRY TOWN 10th – 18th September 2021
This is a town with a Diamond at its heart
and the sea at its feet.
Here opposites marry –
harbour and headland; townland and street;
the Sea of Moyle, mercurial, flaunting
and Fair Head, a stoic, Knocklayd, a sentinel;
always a northness in the air,
always the whole island at your back;
Rathlin beckoning, Scotland a wet step away
and the moiling Atlantic unseen but westering.
This week, words went a wee dander round the town,
were flung – flaithulach − to the seafront breeze,
were reverenced, teased and treasured
for don’t they marry us to one another
time and again, tieing and undoing knots
to meet our needs, if we will let them.
A poem gets the thing said
that might have stayed unspoken,
puts love and rage, rapture and heartbreak
on the one page that we can focus on together.
Poetry Ireland selected Ballycastle, County Antrim as one of its Poetry Towns for the week of 10th – 18th September 2021. I’ve written this poem in tribute to the varied programme and participative spirit of the week
Kate Newmann is Ballycastle Poetry Poetry Laureate throughout.
Ballycastle Writers’ Group facilitated and hosted, and launched their anthology ‘An Unfinished Thought’.
Quotidian – Word On The Street brought Poetry Jukebox to the seafront @poetryjukebox #Quotidian
Supported by Poetry Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Flowerfield Arts Centre and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.