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