Poets…rock music…and Tara

Hi there!

You can listen to the radio documentary I made about the Hill of Tara on this website if you click on the icon thingy on the right hand side of the home page. Happy listening!

I watched a tv documentary about the poet Paul Muldoon the other day and found it strangely bracing. He’s a wonderful poet who loves rock music and even plays in a band. He also does important things at Princeton University…and he has slightly wild hair. These are quite enough in themselves to make him most intriguing. The fact that he recently won a Pulitzer prize seems like a nice little add on. I’ve never met Paul but he seems like a fun guy.

I know a number of very talented poets, but I rarely discuss poetry with them. General conversation tends to be prose, though of course it does occasionally soar into the realms of a stanza. To require it to do so would, however, be wearisome. So the dear poets I’m fond of are happy to talk about a huge range of subjects and seem to enjoy a good laugh. They are, of course, never far from poignancy, which is something I very much understand.

The other day I found myself having long discussions about Champagne on the set of a TV drama. The young French man I was talking with imports it. We were extras and I really enjoyed the chats. We also had to pretend to be chatting in a restaurant (during filming). It was good fun. There was a lot of waiting around to be called for ‘scenes’ etc. but there is such a thing as therapeutic tedium. And it was a very sunny day.

Lots of love and sparkles,

Grace

P.S. I had a comment from Vincent Salafia re. this blog and am happy to share it with you.

Hi Grace,

Thank you for promoting the Tara campaign.

NEW TARA UNESCO PETITION

Just to let you and your readers know, there is a new urgent petition to UNESCO at:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savetara/index.html

TaraWatch are campaigning to save the Hill of Tara from the M3 motorway. Visit and join:

– EMAIL discussion list (1,200 members)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hilloftara

– FACEBOOK SAVE TARA Cause (3,000)
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/827?recruiter_id=6916545

– MYSPACE SAVE TARA Cause (Ranking 1st)
http://www.causes.com/myspace/causes/71127?recruiter_id=6916545

Thanks,

Vincent

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Grace,

    Thank you for promoting the Tara campaign. Can you please put a link up for the documentary you made?

    NEW TARA UNESCO PETITION

    Just to let you and your readers know, there is a new urgent petition to UNESCO at:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savetara/index.html

    TaraWatch are campaigning to save the Hill of Tara from the M3 motorway. Visit and join:

    – EMAIL discussion list (1,200 members)
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hilloftara

    – FACEBOOK SAVE TARA Cause (3,000)
    http://apps.facebook.com/causes/827?recruiter_id=6916545

    – MYSPACE SAVE TARA Cause (Ranking 1st)
    http://www.causes.com/myspace/causes/71127?recruiter_id=6916545

    Thanks,

    Vincent

  2. Charlene Komar Storey says:

    It was Warren Zevon that Muldoon wrote with, not Springsteen. Muldoon co-wrote a couple of the songs on Zevon’s “My Ride’s Here.” I’ve had the privilege of attending a couple of Muldoon’s readings (as well as a “Rackett” show), and he’s fantastic.

  3. Grace says:

    Hi Charlene,

    Many thanks for that info. I have amended the blog. A recording of Bruce singing was used on the documentary…perhaps it was one of the songs you mentioned…Yes I’ve just Googled it. He recorded ‘My Ride Is Here’.

    I’d love to go to one of Paul Muldoon’s readings sometime. And Rackett sound great too!

    Thanks so much for your note.

    Warm wishes,

    Grace

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