It is a strong coincidence that on the morning of Peter Robinson’s poetry reading at Limerick City Library, his poem “Night Flight” was published in The Irish Times. “Night Flight” explores the concept of home, which is a common motif throughout Robinson’s poems. In addition to reading “Night Flight,” Robinson also shared poems from Collected Poems, which was published in 2016, and from Ravishing Europa, an unpublished exploration of Brexit.
Following the reading, Robinson had a generous question and answer session, in which he shared many pearls of wisdom from “make [writing] up as you go along” to “you make discoveries about yourself when you write in your own language rather than inventing things.” One of his closing remarks, “to take yourself seriously as a writer,” is advice we at The Ogham Stone look forward to guarding and following in the years to come.
Written by: Kaitlynn McShea