Epitaph for Gregory O’Donoghue

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Epitaph for Gregory O’Donoghue


Seasoned, some will remember boozy lunches,

Tuna sandwiches peppered with slurred words

plated on sliced lettuce arranged ‘just so’...

Guinness frothed and creamy with subtext.


An Irish summer warm with purpose shared

eloquently with a visiting Australian at exclusive

Wednesday morning workshops obstinately

overseen each week, by a recalcitrant at MLC.


Since his silence, reverence is a poetry prize

keeping his name associated with his life love.

His canon forever in the library and his portrait,

eyeing the new wave with his silent critiques.


This writer will remember clever poetic reviews,

evaluating layers of old knowledge like a river

flowing effortlessly from the master to his student

and inspiration needing a break, at Forde’s Pub.



Frances Macaulay Forde © 2013


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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sat 21st Apr 2018 05:01

Thank you, Ray.
Your comment is much appreciated.

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Mon 9th Apr 2018 14:52

Eloquent and evocative and also informative of a whole way of seeing things Frances.


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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sun 8th Apr 2018 17:55

Thank you, Hannah, so glad you did. ?

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Hannah Collins

Sun 8th Apr 2018 15:55

Beautiful writing.
Freedom of language.
Really enjoyed.


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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sun 8th Apr 2018 08:07

Thank you, David.
Greg invariably had a liquid lunch - living up to the popular image of an Irish Poet and I always had Tuna sandwiches.
We all needed a break because the intensely inspiring and mentally telling workshops went on all day, morning and afternoon, so the pub next door came in very handy.
Greg was so knowledgeable, it was sometimes hard to keep up, so I made notes to refer to later. Also, it took me a while to get used to the strong Cork accent - quite unlike any other!
MLC now honour him with a competition - if ever you feel like entering one: https://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html
I felt privileged to be in the company of such amazing poetic stalwarts like Greg, Gerry Murphy and Pat Cotter, Conal Creedon and many more - absolutely loved every minute of my Wednesdays spent at Munster Literature Centre during the 18 months I lived in Ireland.

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