A bi-lingual Haiku performance in Scots and Irish with John McDonald and Gabriel Rosenstock/
IMRAM, in association with the Onslaught Press, Turas and Poetry Ireland, are delighted to announce two special multi-media haiku performances with John McDonald and Gabriel Rosenstock to mark the publication of their bi-lingual Scots and Irish haiku collection Tea wi the Abbot/Tae i dTeannta an Aba. These performances in Belfast and Dublin will feature music by acclaimed guitarist Enda Reilly, and beautiful on-screen projections by artist and designer Margaret Lonergan.
‘Above all else, a haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi pastorelle,’ wrote Jack Kerouac. The haiku in Tea wi the Abbot exhibit all these qualities. John McDonald’s haiku celebrate both rural and urban landscapes, and are marked by their precision in capturing fleeting moments of beauty.
Alan Titley has commented: ‘These poems in the Scots language are an invitation to see more clearly, to hear more sharply, to feel more soulfully...These verbal explosions echo in the chambers of wisdom’. The poems have been translated into graceful Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock, Ireland’s foremost practitioner of the haiku form.
The performance will also be repeated on Friday 9 December 2016, 7.30pm at Turas, The Skainos Centre, 241 Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4.