In a month where the European immigration emergency has spiralled into deeper disorder, one cannot help but be moved in some way. Five years of fighting in Syria has caused one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st Century and the movement of thousands of people across foreign borders is the centre of attention. In this show we look at the poetry and music of immigration featuring: Sargon Boulus, Tishani Doshi, Margaret Atwood, Emma Lazarus, Czeslaw Milosz and Carol Rumens. Music from Bruce Springsteen, Elbow, Geoffrey Oryema and more.
Theme of People in poetry and music featuring: Carl Sandburg’s tribute to the people of Chicago, James Tate’s Lost Pilot and the Idea of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight. Along with music from Damien Rice, Hozier and Bell X1.
Presenter: Tracy Gaughan
Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donoghue was born in Co. Clare in 1956, He was ordained as a Catholic priest, but left the priesthood in the 1990s. He is probably best known, as author of Anam Cara or Soul Friend, a compendium of Celtic wisdom for the pilgrim soul. He passed away unexpectedly in early 2008. From Connemara Blues, this is:
THE NIGHT By John O’Donoghue
Nothing can make the night stay outside, It pours in everywhere, smothers my room With black air prepared in some unseen cave, Tightens around my skull the root silence Of that room in rock; nothing broke the dark Except the tick of raindrops from above; Centuries seeping through the limestone To point a cold finger of stalactite At emptiness never softened by breath; Where the sore of absence was never felt In cold that fasted solid from light, A hermit space that let in no question.
This dark is all eyes; but cannot feel How it blackens the breath and the heart. It weighs me down as it would a stone.