Origin Stories – Oisín Breen

Origin Stories for May
the Kingfisher

Origin Stories – the Kingfisher

The poem, the Kingfisher, is an off-cut, of a kind, reconfigured to stand apart, from my current major work-in-progress. Its genesis lies in slowly building out the world in which the greater work’s narrator struggles between sensuality and an absurdly fanatical religious devotion, and in each object on the island where they walk, there lies a hidden intent they decipher as they come toward revelation. The birds, in particular, that visit the island — this part of the work also responds to Yeats’ Innisfree — each carries a new form of thinking, and the kingfisher’s sleek design, its childish beauty, paired with its utter efficiency, delights and informs the poem’s narrator, in equal measure.

‘the Kingfisher’, recently featured in Pangyrus (@pangyrus): https://www.pangyrus.com/poetry/kingfisher/


Irish poet, academic, and journalist, Oisín Breen, a Best of the Net Nominee, is published in 103 journals in 20 countries, including in About Place, Door is a Jar, Northern Gravy, North Dakota Quarterly, Books Ireland, The Tahoma Literary Review, La Piccioletta Barca, Decomp, New Critique, and Reservoir Road. Breen’s second collection, Lilies on the Deathbed of Étaín has just been released by Beir Bua Press. It follows his well-received debut, ‘Flowers, All Sorts, in Blossom…’ (Dreich, 2020).

Twitter: @Breen


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April 1 – Wanda Praisner

April 2 – Howard Lieberman

April 3 – L. Shapley Bassen

April 4 – Sharon Scholl

April 5 – Stellasue Lee

April 6 – Jeanne DeLarm

April 7 – Virginia Smith

April 8 – Patricia Ware

April 9 – Mary Makofske

April 10 – Ann Wallace

April 11 – Jessica Purdy

April 12 – Lakshman Bulusu

April 13 – Kim Malinowski

April 14 – Anita Pulier

April 15 – Martha Bordwell

April 16 – Anastasia Walker

April 17 – Annette Sisson

April 18 – Shaheen Dil

April 19 – Claudia Reder

April 20 – Cathy Thwing

April 21 – Sarah Snyder

April 22 – Susan Barry-Schultz

April 23 – Laurie Kuntz

April 24 – Maryann Hurtt

April 25 – Yvonne Zipter

April 26 – Jess Parker

April 27thKelly Sargent

April 28thRobbi Nester

April 29thLaurie Rosen

April 30thJames Penha

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