Annette is currently writing a lot of poems about the sea, which she can see from her house on the coast in the West of Ireland. The threat from machine harvesting of kelp is a very real one, and she wrote this poem in response to it. The word “holdfast” is a noun and an […]
“A gem of an idea.” ( Irish Times) from Marc O’Sullivan and the Committee of the Beara Arts Festival. Compartments, a poetry and music collaboration between Annette and Cormac Mac An Fhalla, is sited for 2 weeks on Ireland’s only Cable Car, as part of the Sonic Boxes installations around Beara. It is exciting a lot […]
Annette’s poem Lamb has been selected to be included on the Wordsworth Blog to celebrate the great poet’s birthday. This and other poems selected by the Wordsworth Trust may be viewed here. Lamb Slumped against the farmhouse wall, a newborn lamb on his small lap, bottle beside him dripping milk, head still bowed with […]
Annette is busy writing for a new collection, finding poems in Ireland, England and Italy where she has been lucky enough to spend a few months. Christine Murray has previewed this work on Poethead. The work can be seen here.
Annette is very happy to have three poems from her next collection included in the Hibernian Writers’ Anthology The Liontamer Dreams of Office Work published by Alba Press to be launched on 20th October 2015. Watch this space for details of the launch.
Annette’s poem Slant has been awarded 3rd place in the Basil Bunting Competition 2015. The poem has strong West Cork connections as it was prompted by a local stonemason’s demonstration of his craft. His working in stone called to mind Basil Bunting’s mason in Briggflats. The title is a reference to Emily Dickinson “Tell all […]
This poem was first published in Thimblerig. Reading Poetry in a Car Outside the Trafford Centre I’ve tried to explain the strangeness of working without the sun, bundled with countless others down consumer cataracts, all seeking their own seeking: Netbook; IPod; Blackberry; a token; a statement; a trophy. No east or west, no horizon; small […]
High Line This poem journeys along a linear park in New York, built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the “car stitched streets” of Manhattan. The poem can be found in Thimblerig. High Line If he were a train he would be idling, if he were a train he would drown traffic, […]
Anne Carson’s Nox is a response to the death of her brother. She describes it as an “epitaph for him in the form of a book”. This poem responds to this accordion book as an object, and explores how the book reflects its contents. Accordion Book On reading Nox by Anne Carson My middle finger […]
This poem was published in Abridged, an online poetry magazine which focuses on contemporary poetry that articulates responses to a rapidly-changing society. Annette Skade’s poem was written in response to the theme of ‘Rust’ and examines that idea in a poem about ‘the peninsula.’ Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘The Peninsula’ is rightly treasured for its […]