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TITLE
'Moment'
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_RODY_GORMAN_04
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Rody Gorman
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1436
KEYWORDS
audio
poem
poems
literary landscapes

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The poem 'Moment' was written by Rody Gorman. It is read here by the author. (Image - Mathew Knowles)

'I leave the people next door in the village
To go to worship, then head up
On my own beyond
Where the MacLeans and the men of Braes lived once.
I stop and look back across at where
I've come from and the Raasay ferry
And all the vessels tied up for the day.

Getting on, I start back home
And as I go round another headland
As the deep mist clears away, I stop
Again there for a moment
In the calm where I can just make out
The light from the end of the island
And the beginning of the Inner Sound

And, out of nowhere, before you know where
You are, the mountains of the mainland on the other side.'

Rody Gorman was born in Dublin and now lives in the Isle of Skye. He has published several poetry collections in English, Irish and Scottish Gaelic including 'Fax and Other Poems' (1996); 'Bealach Garbh' (1999); 'Air a' Charbad fo Thalamh/On the Underground' (2000); 'Naomhóga na Laoi' (2003); 'An Duilleog agus an Crotal' (2004); 'Flora from Lusitania' (2005) 'Zonda? Khamsin? Sharaav? Camanchaca?' (2006) and; 'Eadar Fiaradh is Balbh na h-Oidhche' (2007). His selected poems in Irish and Scottish Gaelic - 'Chernilo' - were published by Coiscéim in 2006.

Rody has worked as writing fellow at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, An Lanntair in Lewis, and at University College, Cork. He is also editor and co-publisher of the annual Irish and Scottish Gaelic poetry anthology An Guth. Among his Gaelic translations are works by Cavafy, Yeats and Prévert, while his English translations include poems by Donald MacAulay, Sorley MacLean and Iain Crichton Smith. His own work has been translated into many languages including Arabic, Hebrew and Portugese.

He has been awarded bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council in 1995, 1998, 2003 and 2007 as well as funding from An Chomhairle Ealaíon and HI-Arts, the Royal Literary Fund and the Society of Authors. In 2007 he visited Israel on the Poet to Poet project and was awarded residencies in Macedonia and Switzerland. In 2008 he was appointed as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba.

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'Moment'

2000s

audio; poem; poems; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Rody Gorman

The poem 'Moment' was written by Rody Gorman. It is read here by the author. (Image - Mathew Knowles)<br /> <br /> 'I leave the people next door in the village<br /> To go to worship, then head up <br /> On my own beyond<br /> Where the MacLeans and the men of Braes lived once.<br /> I stop and look back across at where <br /> I've come from and the Raasay ferry<br /> And all the vessels tied up for the day.<br /> <br /> Getting on, I start back home <br /> And as I go round another headland<br /> As the deep mist clears away, I stop<br /> Again there for a moment<br /> In the calm where I can just make out<br /> The light from the end of the island<br /> And the beginning of the Inner Sound<br /> <br /> And, out of nowhere, before you know where<br /> You are, the mountains of the mainland on the other side.'<br /> <br /> Rody Gorman was born in Dublin and now lives in the Isle of Skye. He has published several poetry collections in English, Irish and Scottish Gaelic including 'Fax and Other Poems' (1996); 'Bealach Garbh' (1999); 'Air a' Charbad fo Thalamh/On the Underground' (2000); 'Naomhóga na Laoi' (2003); 'An Duilleog agus an Crotal' (2004); 'Flora from Lusitania' (2005) 'Zonda? Khamsin? Sharaav? Camanchaca?' (2006) and; 'Eadar Fiaradh is Balbh na h-Oidhche' (2007). His selected poems in Irish and Scottish Gaelic - 'Chernilo' - were published by Coiscéim in 2006.<br /> <br /> Rody has worked as writing fellow at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, An Lanntair in Lewis, and at University College, Cork. He is also editor and co-publisher of the annual Irish and Scottish Gaelic poetry anthology An Guth. Among his Gaelic translations are works by Cavafy, Yeats and Prévert, while his English translations include poems by Donald MacAulay, Sorley MacLean and Iain Crichton Smith. His own work has been translated into many languages including Arabic, Hebrew and Portugese.<br /> <br /> He has been awarded bursaries from the Scottish Arts Council in 1995, 1998, 2003 and 2007 as well as funding from An Chomhairle Ealaíon and HI-Arts, the Royal Literary Fund and the Society of Authors. In 2007 he visited Israel on the Poet to Poet project and was awarded residencies in Macedonia and Switzerland. In 2008 he was appointed as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba.