The Molly Keane Writers Retreats hosted Poet, Author and the Chief Editor of POETRY Magazine, Don Share, for a three-day poetry masterclass last week.
Don Share certainly raised the bar for all of the poets who attended the master classes, in the Molly Keane House, throwing out a lot of old ideas that we were taught; and urging poets to say more and to make their work matter, for example; asking Irish women if in the future their poems would show what it was really like for an Irish woman living in this country today. He also said that there are so many bad poems out there, why add to them and was particularly critical of poems that were un-necessarily obscure because often the poet was leaving out the names of the people, places and situations that they were attempting to write about. Before they publish a poem the editors of Poetry ask 'Is there anything at stake here?' Poetry receives up to one hundred and fifty thousand poems a year, out of that they select three hundred.