Introducing Undertow: A Tidal Pool of Poems
Robert (Bobby) Breen's newest collection of 75 poems.
"In Breen's poems the oblique adventures of a boy's feet find affection in a grown man's eye, mischief found innocent by the unflinching Jesuit, a boy's suffering of rejection is fused in the hazards of hard life with the dignified exuberance of a lover."
- Richard Taylor, poet, author, educator, coach, Fulbright scholar
"Breen's work is of a vintage. It's been brewing for a long time! His poems let us in on a world both private and public, where 'We share the adventure.' Out of myth and meter he spins the yarn. From the streets of Boston to the coast of Maine, his words stand clear. He has the fire in his belly and he has given us a good read."
- Steve Luttrell, Portland, Maine poet laureate (2010-2012); founder and publishing editor of The Cafe Review
Available for purchase at:
Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick
The Mustard Seed, Bath
Sherman's Bookstores, All locations
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134 Maine St.
74 Front St
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Bobby Breen in Conversation
Bellaghy, Northern Ireland
A conversation with Bobby Breen.
His Boston fireman’s gift With BREEN in scarlet lacquer on its spread Fantailing brim’ ‘Helmet’, Seamus Heaney
Bobby Breen, Boston firefighter and poet, was immortalized in Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Helmet’. We are delighted to welcome him to HomePlace, where he will talk about the now famous meeting that led to that poem, and read from his own work.
Bobby was born and raised in Boston, where he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science. After his decades-long career as a firefighter, he retired, taking his love of writing to the next level by entering graduate school and attending the summer writing program at Harvard University. In 2015 he was awarded the Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award
The Helicon Sunday 16 September 2018, 15:00
A Widow of Dublin
for Marie Heaney
Their known Sagittarius Moon shone full-bright.
This couple cast stones at a sprig of
mistletoe till it fell to her left hand.
Their walk was a bit slower this new year
through a forest of yew, oak, and beech.
Traditions of their tribes have all but fallen
away; magick of keeping families
safe, with a Norse, Irish primeval myth.
Now children pick the white berries on
Christmas Eve for a secretive kiss.
Fierce lightning, seeds-of-fire poetry
that burnt so bright in him kindly turned
to that fall Golden Bough. Strolling on this
Midsummer’s Night, she’s unable to
bring herself to toss a stone alone.
The Verve of Latin
With the passing of twenty-seven hundred years,
the structure eternally holds to the letter of the law.
The old language is
Age-old language; here
A shift took hold. Then
Appears at the gate.
Rome fell to the sword
With its spear & grief.
Broken shields, hammered
Vowels, nouns, stairway
Ascending, climbed the
Old helix into
God’s mirror. Now words
Sink as careful dew
On the soft green hills.
Of old Erin lay
Down their blades. Take up
Quills; spill ink with it.
Scarred letters set in
Mortar & stonewalls.
Still, the dark held wealth.
Words hold on until
Last it gives way to
Harmony in tongues.
A world saved once more,
On a new formed shore.
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