30 Poems for Artists: Micheál Rowsome

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Micheál was a cheerful fellow artist in Ponderosa, with a peculiar character and thought. He seemed to fall in love with anything prescious around him, be it working in the garden with broccoli, creating birthday surprises to others (we had many birthday parties during that 2 week time!) or finding the essence of any suitable form of art. Micheál is an artist with many talents and a very open attitude, and I’m sure it is the attitude that will take him far. For him, though, ”far” may as well mean the same as ”close”. I’m also looking forward to seeing what will happen when he gets up on the stage with a microphone again; as that truly seems to be the place for him. He is both a stand-up comedian and a philosophical analyst of life and all thing beyond.

How can you be so funny and cunning

Copper-headed and humor-sensing

with a peculiar gaze and thought

And you get interviewed quite a lot?

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30 Poems for Artists: Lisa Hayes

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.
Here’s the poem of Lisa Hayes, an Irish theatre professional from London, and I must say, I had a hard time keeping it short when I wrote the poem. Would’ve wanted to say so much more about this awesome creature! She’s a theatre maker, and you could tell that instantly when she appeared on the metro station in Berlin; she oozes that something that connects her to the present moment and she is definitely very aware of her surroundings all the time. These features were top tools when we worked together in a team during Ponderosa residency. Lisa was open and willing to collaborate, and she brought us a lot of practical knowledge about theatre making and playing. She liked to approach many things through fun. What an amazing attitude that is! Go conquer the world, Lisa!

Oh Lisa, you’re a diamond amongst the ladies

and never mind the shadies

I believe in you

no matter what you do

’Cause the fire in your eyes

tells me you speak no lies

You’re tender and good,

you like to be understood

and I would be the happiest

to be your chap.