TUESDAY DECEMBER 10th at 6p.m in lecture theatre B1

The Irish Centre for Poetry Studies, Mater Dei Institute, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3


Dr Ron Callan


Marianne Moore’s “A Jelly-Fish”


Visible, invisible,
   a fluctuating charm
an amber-tinctured amethyst
   inhabits it, your arm
approaches and it opens
   and it closes; you had meant
to catch it and it quivers;
   you abandon your intent.


To honour John Devitt RIP, former Head of English at Mater Dei Institute , the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies at Mater Dei holds an annual seminar at which an invited speaker discusses a poem of their choice. Audiences are encouraged to engage actively in these sessions, which are open to all. This year’s seminar will be led by Dr Ron Callan, a pioneering figure in the field of American literature within Ireland and beyond, and a profoundly respected teacher, recently retired from the Department of English at University College Dublin. His chosen text will ”The Jelly-Fish” by Marianne Moore, or rather Moore’s two versions of that poem. The seminar will be followed by the launch of issue IV of POST: A REVIEW OF POETRY STUDIES. The Irish Centre for Poetry Studies looks forward to seeing you there.


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