Friday 24 January 2020

New poetry collection by Patrick Kehoe

Poet Patrick Kehoe
Poet Patrick Kehoe

Maria Pepper

The Enniscorthy poet Patrick Kehoe has launched his third book of poetry Places to Sleep which was published by Salmon Poetry.

The new publicaton was launched in Enniscorthy library by Eamonn Wall, poet and professor at the University of St. Louis.

Born in Enniscorthy in 1956, Patrick is a talented poet and song writer whose first poems were published by the late James Liddy in Gorey Arts Centre broadsheets and issues of The Gorey Detail. Early poems were also published in the Irish Press. In recent times, his work has appeared in Cyphers, The Irish Times, Enniscorthy Echo, Natural Bridge and The Scaldy Detail.

His poems also features in two recent Wexford anthologies, Red Lamp Black Piano and Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams. His debut collection, Its Words You Want, appeared in July 2011, also published by Salmon Poetry. His second book, The Cask of Moonlight was published by Dedalus Press in September 2014.

Places to Sleep focuses on Patrick's time living in Spain 40 years ago as well as visits to a number of Greek Islands. Aside from nights spent in pensiones and hotels, he relied on the kindness of friends for beds while there.

He taught English classes in Barcelona for two years between 1978 and 1980. He said the poems in his new book re-assemble that vibrant metropolis as a parallel city of the imagination. Patrick wrote all the lyrics for the Kehoe/Condell album, Seize the Day which was released in 2017.

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