Irish Poets in Placitas! A Class with John Roche

Poet John Roche in Dublin with James Joyce statue, July 2018

Contemporary Irish Poets 5 week class with John Roche
Where: Jules’ Poetry Playhouse, Placitas, NM
When: September 4 to October 2, 2019
(Five Wednesday nights, 6:30-9:00 pm)
Cost: $125
(Class Limited to Twelve Students, plus one Scholarship)

***Scholarship info: email

A five-week course beginning with the legacies of Seamus Heaney and John Montague, then focusing on living Irish poets like Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Medb McGuckian, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Mark Granier, and Paula Meehan. We’ll also consider three Irish poets who visited New Mexico recently, Kevin Higgins, Eamonn Wall, and Annemarie Ní Churreáin. This class will concentrate on reading and discussion. No lectures or tests. But we will try our hand at some poetry writing exercises.

About the instructor: John Roche is Associate Professor Emeritus of English at Rochester Institute of Technology (where he taught creative writing and literature courses, including Irish Literature), and Co-Director of Jules’ Poetry Playhouse. He holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, as well as a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Roche is also a poet who has published four books of poems and produced a number of poetry anthologies, including, most recently, the Poets Speak series.

The Pantone Postcard Project

Maternal Mitochondria will be in a show opening Aug 24th at Axle Contemporary! “The Pantone Postcard Project” features 53 artists interacting with color. The one with a dude holding a chicken in the second row from the bottom is Isabel Winson-Sagan’s. Miriam Sagan’s is middle bottom—Mt. Fuji with little birds.

Moment in A Diner

We were experiencing slightly odd service–even though it’s a small diner (a Paramount built in New Jersey in 1949 and moved much later to Michigan) the grill cook does only one order at a time and was very backed-up. But there is “a second kitchen” and we ordered waffles and more. No printed menus–just chalkboard.

Got to talking to the people next to us, two guys–a somewhat grizzled Anglo Baby Boomer and a Central American Millennial. They seemed to have a warm familial relationship, but a little formal–I couldn’t place it. Turns out they were father and son-in-law. The father-in-law expressed his surprise that he had a second son-in-law from the same country–although the two sons-in-law hadn’t known each other previously.

“The media lies,” he told us. “These are wonderful people. Wonderful.” I wonder if his sons-in-law had changed his mind about immigrants–if he’d had to overcome any initial hesitation.
Anyway, in today’s world it was a very nice moment. The mixed berry pie we ordered to take out proved delicious for dinner, too.

Still on Planet Earth

Model Solar System, Door County, Wisconsin.

First we wanted to see it, then we forgot about it, then we came upon it en route to the Coast Guard Station and canal.

An analemmatic sundial—constructed on an ellipse. Here Rich serves as the gnomon (pointer). We discovered it was still August!

Rich got stung twice by a yellow jacket before he even reached Mercury, but survived with a little first aid.

45 degrees north latitude & 90 degrees west longitude

On a day that started with a mural of a Noble Prize winner and a statue of a feminist role model (Bob Dylan & Mary Tyler Moore–both in Minneapolis) perhaps it wasn’t that surprising to find ourselves mid-way between the equator and the north pole.

In a corn field.

at lunch I asked you
if anyone could really
every know
another person–
you sipped iced tea