In this edition of The Writing Life, Irish poet Paula Meehan and University of Maryland professor Michael Collier talk about her poetry in the context of her family, the lives of the saints and her childhood in Dublin. She reads the poem “My Father Perceived as a Vision of St. Francis” from Pillow Talk and describes her father as a kind, unsung hero. The two poets then turn to talking about Meehan’s ferociously energetic mother, who died when Meehan was 42, and she reads “The Ghost of My Mother Comforts Me,” from Pillow Talk. Meehan recalls a childhood not full of books, but replete with songs and stories. They touch on Meehan’s work in women’s prisons, and the change in her poems marked by her book Pillow Talk. Meehan will read her work at the 36th Annual Irish Evening on March 14, 2014; visit www.hocopolitso.org for information.
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