As chosen by the RTÉ Poetry Programme, our Poem of the Week is Iníon léinn i bPáras/A female student in Paris by Biddy Jenkinson, read by Louis de Paor.
Listen to Iníon léinn i bPáras/A female student in Paris in both Irish and English versions, below:
Poet Louis de Paor is the editor of Leabhar na hAthghabhála/Poems of Repossession, a major anthology of poetry in Irish from the past century with English translations. Here, he reads a poem by Biddy Jenkinson, whom he describes as ‘among the most significant Irish poets of the second half of the twentieth century in either language’ and the ‘playful, erotic intelligence’ of her work.
Louis reads this poem and others from the anthology on this week’s RTÉ Poetry Programme. Also on the programme, Martina Evans reads from her collection ‘The Windows of Graceland’, published by Carcanet, and we hear from the inaugural Poetry Slam at Thoor Ballylee. l
Lsten to the programme in full below:
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Leabhar na hAthghabhála / Poems of Repossession, edited by Louis de Paor, is published by Bloodaxe Books. The final edition in the current series of the RTÉ Poetry Programme is broadcast this Saturday, January 14th, at 7.30pm.