Launch of Poetry Speaks: Poems and Moving Image, at IMMA

10th May 2021

Poetry Speaks: Poems and Moving Image, an installation of filmed performances of poetry shown in IMMA's Formal Gardens, launches today (Monday 10 May).

The exhibition of 33 films will be presented in four monthly thematic instalments and is presented by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and Poetry Ireland. 

The films are by Irish filmmaker Matthew Thompson, with music by Gerry Horan and Seán Carpio, with many of the films shot in public spaces in Dublin and on the grounds of Coole Park in Co. Galway, the home of Lady Gregory, as well as on the streets of New York City and London. Poetry Speaks will be exhibited from 10 May to 22 August and is free to members of the public. 

Niamh O’Donnell, Director of Poetry Ireland, said, “We are delighted to be presenting Poetry Speaks at IMMA, with the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation. Globally, we have lived through such a difficult period. Throughout the uncertainty, we have been able to draw on the strengthening words and works of our poets. They have reassured us, offered us solace and a salve. As we start to safely reopen society, Poetry Speaks and the incredible poets in the broad programme will offer the potential to think deeply, to offer paths through complex feelings and to offer hope, which is a vital component in any recovery.” 

Peter and Cathy Halstead, the co-founders of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, said, “Poetry holds a special place in our hearts, and we felt that its vitality and vibrancy lent it particularly well to the immediacy of our digital age. We are excited for visitors to IMMA to experience our approach to sharing these poems, one that combines language, performance, music, and moving image to create a meaningful connection to these works. We are especially delighted to bring home so many of these poems that were filmed in Ireland. We hope that visitors to the exhibition will experience in a new way the words of some of our most beloved poets of the 20th century, while connecting with important and diverse younger voices writing today.” 

Information on all four of the programmes, Home and Sense of Place, Identity, Writing and Reflection, and Love, is available on our website listing and on the IMMA website listing.

You can also take a sneak peek in the trailer below: