Our latest Poem Of The Week, selected by Poetry Ireland, is by Lewis Kenny.

Culture Connects

When I was growing up

I didn't believe art was for me

Working class life 

didn't care for poetry

It never felt real to me

On the tele no one spoke like me

On the stage no one walked like me

On the page no one woke me

But I was a dandelion

I grew harsh, but strong

Still capable of letting the light in

And just like an old photograph

I developed from negatives

And in a flash 

Captured the moment.

About The Poet: Lewis Kenny is a spoken word artist hailing from the north inner city of Dublin. His works draw on urban experience and youth culture, bringing to light social and economic situations that the youth of our day face. 

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He is a First Fortnight slam champion and is a regular performer on the Dublin and festival circuit, including headlining his own show at Electric Picnic entitled OutStraight. He is the founder of the Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam and IADT Poetry Society, and the Poet In Residence for Bohemians Football Club.