Welcome to Eamonn Lynskey’s occasional Reading and Writing Blog
My thanks to Salmon Poetry for publishing my fourth collection ‘Material Support. Click on Publication for more information …
Click on https://eamonnlynskey.com/2022/08/18/two-poems-published-in-cyphers-93/ to see two untitled poems published by Cyphers #93
Also … https://eamonnlynskey.com/2021/07/19/a-good-man-long-forgotten/to read a poem in Cyphers #91
And … http://formafluens.net/magazine to read my poem ‘Best Time of Day’ published as ‘Il momento migliore della giornata’ in the Italian online magazine Formafluens.
Click On the Buses to view a recently published poem on the website Live Encounters, and some observations on the covid19 Pandemic.
Click Time Again for Turner to read my essay in Senior Times on the early Turner paintings at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Click Random thoughts on cultural vandalism to read my essay published last September (2020) in the magazine Senior Times, discussing the work of Nathaniel Hone, Elder and Junior, and the actions of Lord Elgin. Lots more to see and read on the Senior Times site … and not just for over-50s! Click https://seniortimes.ie
About me …
Eamonn Lynskey was born in Dublin in 1948. In early life he worked in various office jobs, and later as a teacher and Adult Education Organiser. His poetry has been published widely since it first appeared in the 1980s in the Irish Press ‘New Irish Writing’ page edited by David Marcus. Publications in which his work has featured include Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, SHOp, The Stinging Fly, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannog, The Irish Times, Skylight47, Orbis (UK) and online at Southword, Northwest Words, Stepaway (UK) and Formafluens (Italy).
Eamonn was a finalist in the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards and in the Strokestown International Poetry Competition. He holds an M. Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin , an M.A from Dublin City University. His primary degree is from University College, Dublin. He took part in a reading organised in association with the University of London’s Human Rights consortium and the Keats House Poets at the Stanza Festival in St Andrews in Scotland in March 2014 and in many other events before and since. He is also a regular contributor of essays and articles to the magazine ‘Senior Times’. In September 2018 he travelled to Rome on an exchange programme, aided by a bursary from the Irish Writers Union and in October 2019 was resident poet in Florence’ s St Mark’s Church, courtesy of the Irish Writers Centre. His fourth poetry collection ‘Material Support’ was published by Salmon in March 2023.
Eamonn’s third poetry collection, ‘It’s Time’, was published by Salmon Poetry . It is available on the Salmon website https://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=430&a=305 in ‘Books Upstairs’ in Dublin, and on Amazon.
‘Eamonn Lynskey’s poems live on the edge of things – people’s ordinary lives as much as global concerns – and like all edges they can be razor-sharp. His is a voice unafraid to speak about political urgencies but also well sourced in everyday language and available form. A thought-provoking, unsettling collection of questions rather than answers’ — Gerald Dawe
‘Such a joy to come across some old friends of poems which are as full of passion and compassion as ever’ — Liz McManus , novelist and chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre
‘Fine poems throughout this collection ought to reinforce Lynskey’s reputation. As a stylist, he could teach our younger catch of poets a thing or two. And he is never dull’ — Fred Johnson in Poetry Ireland review.
‘… the great events of history are skillfully intermingled with the minutiae of small lives’ — Liz McSkeane, poet, novelist and Director of Turas Press http://turaspress.ie
I would appreciate more visual materials, to make your blog more attractive, but your writing style really compensates it. But there is always place for improvement
I’m only just at the beginning of learning how to get visuals going, but am learning as fast as I can. thanks for the compliments on my writing. I really appreciate them
Sincere congratulations Eamonn for winning the award “Heinrih Boll”.
Many more awards to come.
All the very best,
Thanks. Hope to see you soon!
Thanks Mari. Yes, definitely. Prepare to be scandalised!
Greetings fellow Seven Towers’ poet–I like your blog very much, in fact you’ve given me some good ideas on organizing and neatening my own blog. I’ve also, for the first time, been reading your poems. Very nice! Hope we meet.
Sorry for delay in replying. Thanks for the comment. I keep the blog content more or less strictly on poetry and writing generally. I only put up work that has been previously published by someone other than me. There are far too many people publishing their own work on-line and the result is that a lot of mediocre stuff (or worse) appears. I’m not saying that my previously-published stuff is Nobel-quality but at least I can always say that someone else, of reputation, thought it good enough to include. I wish you all the best of fortune with your own work.
Eamonn. What a lovely review of my poem.Thank you very much for your generosity. Geraldine Mills
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eamonn, did you attend the literary society at the Brazen Head many moons ago.
Yes I did. And what great times they were. I remember you very well and hope you are in good spirits!
Best English teacher ever, pretty sure I used one of your poems in the junior cert!
Browsing through a Poetry Ireland Review issue 47 1995 to re read a poem by my late brother Flann
O’Connor I came across your poem
My Grandmother knew Jesus .
I still have a copy of ‘The Messenger ‘,
salvaged from the empty family home.I am enthralled by your language which describes the sharp yet gentle reprimand from a Grandmother of our generation It’s wonderful and consoling !
Hi Phil, for various reasons I did not reply to your comment until now. Thank you for it and I am glad you enjoyed the poem about my grandmother in the PIR.