Brendan Kennelly reads five poems, 'Love Cry', 'I See You Dancing, Father', 'Bread', 'Raglan Lane' and 'Begin', from the DVD-book IN PERSON: 30 POETS, filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce & edited by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books, 2008). Pamela has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive, website and DVD-books. These poems by Brendan Kennelly are from his book FAMILIAR STRANGERS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS 1960-2004 (Bloodaxe Books, 2004). Brendan Kennelly is one of Ireland’s most distinguished poets, as well as a dramatist, critic, renowned teacher and cultural commen-tator. Born in 1936 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, he was Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College, Dublin from 1973 until his retirement in 2005. In 2007 he had a fellowship at Boston College, Massachusetts. We filmed him in Boston on an extraordinarily hot day in September when the temperature was in the 90s (he doesn't usually look as red-faced as here!). He knows hundreds of poems by heart, and wanted to read his selection in one take. ‘Raglan Lane’ is his response to Patrick Kavanagh’s ‘On Raglan Road’, and has been sung by Mary Black and others (to the tune of ‘The Dawning of the Day’). ‘Begin’ was widely circulated amongst Irish Americans in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

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