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Aine MacAodha ~ Poetry and Lens

Aine MacAodha

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Omagh, North Ireland, Ireland
Writer/poet,avid photographer with a great interest in Celtic Myths, Mysticism, crystal healing, orbs in photography, Chemtrails, the sky above and the beauty in the Irish landscape . I live in Omagh North of Ireland where the Sperrin Mountains are my inspiration in any season. I have three poetry books published titled 'Where the Three Rivers Meet' and 'Guth An Anam ~Voice of The Soul and my latest Published by Lapwing Press Belfast, 'Landscape of self'~ You can find my links at top of my blog.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Seekers of truth

Seekers of truth

Truths like crystals lie buried under earth
under ancient oaks and long forgotten pathways
leading to the ocean.
In the songs of yesterday adrift on the spring mist
as I gaze out over the hills.
In layers of prayers petitioned
to the universal spirit.
In cosmic shifts of a soul’s migration
from way before birth
to beyond the end of life.
We seek it in books
in passing thoughts that nudge us
towards a face in the crowd.
In the faces of the old.
With others on the journey
truth emerges out of the dark
returning as the light

From 'Guth an Anam'


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Bundoran, County Donegal (poem)

Bundoran, County Donegal

Embracing the salt curtain of the green Atlantic
sway to and fro towards me;
waves rest on the algae rocks rounded to a
smooth knob. Belts of seaweed find resting places
in pools of water clear as amber.
I hear the children’s screams from the ghost train
shuttling in the distance, but the Atlantic calls
me back towards it again. Stained by history,
there’s something about this ocean that calls
to me, healing my winter worn trunk.
Perhaps it’s there, deep in the blue where I’ll find
solace. Where old wrecks filled with tales
from when time began, uniting stories of inland
folk finding gods in the wilderness of boglands
and meeting goddesses of the deep.


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Poem ~ Flame


It draws my eyes this little fire
with its uneasy soft flickers
and attempts to sizzle out
i hope it doesn't it's a good feel
to get lost in its movements
a conductor in tune with the ether
dancing against the beige walls
losing myself in thought i enjoy
this elevated moment in time
lost to the landscape of memory
and into the universe for someone else
to catc


Sunday, 26 May 2013

Recent publications

Sometimes when I sit down to do work on the computer, I get distracted with twitter, Facebook, Linkedin..... I like the distraction, love the posts from around the globe and locally but sadly my blog gets neglected so this is the start of getting more posts out ~ I still write the old fashioned way in a notebook and I have many poems and haiku to transfer to the computer which takes time.

I want to post links to recent poems that have been published. I love the fact that now-a-days many of the literature magazines accept on-line submissions although some don't which is a shame. I have sent off a new book of poems to a few publishers and I wait patiently for a reply.  My first two books, 'Where the three rivers meet' and 'Guth An Anam'  were self published so fingers crossed ~

A New Ulster edited by writer Amos Grieg, published my work in Issue 2 and issue 4, I was delighted to be included in this magazine as there aren't too many in the north. It's fresh and just what the province needs as it adjusts to change and peace.

For more information about A New Ulster and the issues follow the link,


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Island Home

This poem was first published in Soyles poetry international may be offline now but can be found in my second collection   'Guth An Anam (Voice of the soul)'


Island Home

I’ve traveled very little from this island home.
My native land grounds me keeps me in contact
with the rhythms of nature, the sound of the winds,
the call of the wild birds and the dialects of it’s people.

Tyrone’s inland landscape of moss clad hills and flat bogs
break every now and then like an ocean wave.
Small towns and villages emerge lively and loud
against the woven landscape.

One can drive for miles across back roads criss-crossing
town lands whose names mean; stony path,
fairly coloured field or hill of midges; before
a village appears out of the hedgerows.

Fintona, Seskinore, over the mountain to
Fivemiletown. across the side road to Sixmilecross,
Carrickmore, Gortin and to Omagh again, the view
always lifts the spirit.

Gortin village is one such place, hidden within
the protective fauna of the forest and rough mossy
hills flanking the road into the village.
Fiddle music sails up from the music store.

I may not have traveled far; but this island
home; were the ancestors have left their marks on the land;
in the form of art and awkward names,
this will take me far away in my mind at times.

~ Living on the Island of Ireland and the North especially has shaped my poetics as much as its writers have. Songs, debates; dialects, myths and words all play the part; not withstanding the landscape from inland to the coastal waters. One’s affected by the weather, the wind loves to blast so much harder, winter seems to linger more, the seasons don’t argue they just do their job. I don’t need the weather forecast, I just look out the window; if there’s snow on the Sperrin Mountains, there’s sure to be snow in the valley of Omagh town at some stage during the week ahead. ~

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Blog Hop ~

                                         Blog Hop

Very happy to be tagged by Colin Dardis in a writers blog called, 'The next big thing'  in which the writer answers ten questions on their work in progress, then tag a few other writers to do the same. I enjoyed this as it gives me more drive to write regularly on my blog and find out what other writers are up to next.

 For Colins  posts and blog ~



My 10 questions:

 1) What is the title of your next book

 Just finished a third book of poetry,  ' landscape of self '

2) Where did the idea come from for the book

 Apart from Poetry, I read a lot of books on metaphysics and the mystics, modern, Christian and Eastern  this often reflects in  my poems, like the title itself discovering the landscape within. 

3) What genre does your book fall under?


4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

 myself ~

5) what is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

 50 poems reflecting the inner and outer journey of a country girl and her spiritual travels since.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am living in the hope a publishing house will accept this book, my first two were self published. I am also working on a memoir which is taking a lot of time to write as I tend to come to a stop on it of late.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I try to get as many of the poems published in literature magazines as I can so it is a slow process for me, after that I arrange first drafts so I pretty much add to the draft all the time.

8) What other poetry would you compare this to.

I would like the readers to do the comparing if any. Dream on I suppose.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book.

This collection was inspired my many things, music for one, have to have music where ever I go, the landscape outer and inner and it was also inspired by the layers we as humans an put on ourselves for protection, you get to a certain age and you have gone through losses which often mark the landscape of self.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

I hope the reader journeys with me through the landscapes both inner and outer. I also have quite a few Haiku which I love writing so hopefully the reader will enjoy these too.

~Next week on The next big thing Blog Hop ~

Adrian Fox   Adrianfox.org

Adrian Fox a disabled poet and artist who before his stroke taught creative writing
all over the country, since his stroke he has been trying to find a way
of teaching but as his voice was affected he found it hard to get the natural
flow of a poem so all he can do is try to teach through a blog.
He has an M.A. through lancaster on creative writing. he also has published
four books of poetry by lagan and lapwing press.

Felicity Hayes-McCoy  Felicity Hayes-McCoy Blog

Felicity Hayes-McCoy is a professional writer working in print, broadcast and digital media. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she lives and works in a stone cottage in Corca Dhuibhne, Ireland’s Dingle peninsula, and in a inner-city, former factory building in Bermondsey, London, UK. She blogs about life in both places on her website felicityhayesmccoy.co.uk.
Her memoir The House on an Irish Hillside was published by Hodder & Stoughton UK in June 2012. Checkout its FB page here

 Shirley Hall Author of:

"ONE DAY; Life, Love, and Controversy in Middle America", and  "LISTEN".

 Shirley Hall is an advocate for peace, freedom, and equality Shirley challenges social, economical, religious, and political agendas through controversial poetry and essays. Her work is provocative, inspirational, and insightful. As a voice for the people behind the story, her poems minister to current affairs and emotions; befitting life’s challenges - and our times. "My poetry is a teaching tool. It forces mankind to confront the consequences resulting from their decisions and face the snubbed realities of today’s “everyman”. Shirley has presented her poems in colleges, universities, social and professional venues. A diversified writer, widely read poet, and noted public speaker, her controversial bodies of work are read and appreciated worldwide

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

My Review of 'Lagan love' by Peter Murphy

For more on the author see the link below ~

‘Lagan Love’ by 

At 328 pages this Novel by Peter Murphy is an exciting read. The main characters that include Aidan, Sinead, Janice and Gerry, regularly ignite the smoky air in Grogan’s pub situated in the heart of Dublin city, a pub that the locals love, popular among the citys’ avant garde. Set in the 80’s, Grogan’s has many characters that gather to swap mythologies and stories about lenashee or silkie at the harbour or to slag each other in a ‘terms of endearment way’ that could stun the wide eyed newcomers like Canadian artist Janice, who came to Dublin to study history at Trinity, much to the disapproval of her mother.

Aidan is a northsider Dublin poet who knew about some of the hardships in life but was also very knowledgeable about the literature trail around the city and beyond especially the mythology of the island. He wandered the streets without fear as only a local would. Meeting Canadian Janice was a surprise, born on different sides of life; she a princess to his pauper he reveled in the politics of that divide. She had recognized him from a piece in The Times; he was the next big thing according to his editor Gwen who was also his mysterious muse. He made Janice feel nervous at first but as time went on she felt safe with him strolling along the gritty Dublin streets, every street and building had a history, his old ways warmed her. She thought Aidan was a bit like Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Romance had blossomed along with betrayal and intrigue and that was between friends. Many bridges are crossed; fabled and other wise. It’s the kind of novel that leaves one with questions like how far we would go to succeed with our dreams, how far our dreams would drag us before surrendering to them, or casting them aside for a more simple life, but could an artist do that wholeheartedly?

Ireland from the 80 has changed rapidly which the author portrays before and after with great accuracy and wit, this novel is at times dark but over all a good solid read and once I began reading could not put it down. Like the poet Aidan said,

“In Dublin every night is a celebration for having survived another day” love it ~

Aine MacAodha


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Aine MacAodha - Poetry and Lens: Recent publications

Aine MacAodha - Poetry and Lens: Recent publications: Sometimes when I sit down to do work on the computer, I get distracted with twitter, Facebook, lsterLinkedin..... I like the distraction, love th...

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Kontemporaneapoiesis: new~

It was an honour for me to be asked by Federica to be a guest on WSF and to have my poems translated into Italian.

Kontemporaneapoiesis: Translated from English into Italian by editor, Federica Galetto

The conflict in Northern Ireland, the memories of the fear of reprisals oncoming along with his head down in the street. Religion, Myths, beliefs, mix in the folds of the existential MacAodha revealing alternative access to nature trails that lead to the discovery of a country torn by wounds never healed and wide, but blessed with a throbbing beauty and saving. The places are sacred ones of Celtic cultures are the towering monoliths under low skies, forests full of wild birds in the unspoilt nature and a witness of ancient legends, rites, mystical charm

Clink link for more~

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Recent publications ~

Poethead Blog ~ by writer Christine Murray

2013, by Aine MacAodha

“The Chinese New Year 2013
marks the year of the Snake
graceful and dark at the same time.
As one year bows out to another
I often reflect on past occurrences
failures and wins, silly mistakes,
see if I have learned from them.

Link below for more ~


And this too ~

Fire of the Gaels!

‘She is every woman
who struggles for survival
in a world of prisons
of one form or another.
Her stories, etched on the
landscapes of the universe.
She is the mouth
of the Blackwater,
the secrets of the Alder,
the writing on the caves
and the shedder of light.
She is the blueprints
of the past,
Click link for more below ~