First Lesson

On school daze, great teachers, and making sense of the past. WHY DO POETS WRITE so much about the past? Surely there’s enough going on now to occupy us? I’ll come right out and say it at the start: I have little time for nostalgia, for the idea that the past was a better place than […]

Way of Peace

How small events can change the course of our lives This is a poem I wrote thirty years ago, give or take. I like to think I’d do it better today, but it still contains something that was a lesson to me then, and still speaks to me now. Back in the 1970s, like a lot of […]

Immigrants Open Shops: A Poetry Film

Pat Boran, Immigrants Open Shops, a poetry film

Immigrants Open Shops is a short film about a truth that I missed for many years, until it was pointed out to me by my friend, the Iraqi poet, Sargon Boulus. Contrary to the fears, and often the fear-mongering in some communities, immigration has many benefits: bringing new energy, new talent and new perspectives, and […]

The Inverse Wave: A Poetry Film

Pat Boran, The Inverse Wave, a poetry film

The power of lovers to find each other in the world, and, even in hard times, to make the world bearable for each other, is something to celebrate. The Inverse Wave is a poetry film about recording, noise cancellation – oh yes, and love. Poem, music and film by Pat Boran. Entirely made from StoryBlocks […]

Lost and Found: A Poetry Film

Pat Boran, Lost and Found, a poetry film screenshot

First published  in 2001 in As the Hand, the Glove, Lost and Found is a poem about waste, sustainability and recycling – and about the gifts given to us by those who came before. It was prompted by my late father’s habit of accumulating all kinds of things, in case they might someday come in […]

A Winter Blessing: A Poetry Film

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In an era when the word ‘snowflake’ has become an insult, A Winter Blessing considers our attitudes to openness and vulnerability, while the film also remembers Ukichiro Nakaya, a Japanese nuclear physicist who turned from his original profession in order to study the composition of snow — perhaps a lesson for our time.

On a Wave of Light: A Poetry Film

Pat Boran, On a Wave of Light, a poetry film screenshot

On a Wave of Light is the result of a ‘Local Live Performance Laois County Council’ commission, for which I’m hugely grateful. Like most of my previous films, it was shot entirely on an iPhone. The music, which I wrote and played (in something of a new departure), was greatly enriched by a generous contribution […]

Building the Ark: A Poetry Film

Pat Boran, Building the Ark, a poetry film

Building the Ark is the latest in my ongoing series of poetry films, inviting a second look at local landmarks and also, in this case, at received wisdom. This one was shot at the Tree of Life, the extraordinary chainsaw sculpture by Tommy Craggs, to be found just beside St Anne’s Park, in Raheny, Dublin. […]

The Mistake: A Poetry Film

Pat Boran, The Mistake, a poetry film screenshot

A mistake in childhood may prove to be a lens through which the past is more clearly visible. A poetry film by Pat Boran. With thanks to the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, for its support. THE MISTAKE One power-cut storm night, almost fifty years ago, I set a dancing candle down beside a drape, and […]

Greek Vase: A Poetry Film

Pat Boran, Greek Vase, a poetry film screenshot

Greek Vase looks at a beautiful work of art and sees in it an image of the casual violence of our own time. A poetry film by Pat Boran.