The democratisation of Irish Poetry has been a much sought-after state. The excluded constantly knocked at its gates, only to be sent away by the gatekeepers. But in recent times some of the gates have shown signs of forced entry.
Peadar O’Donoghue is a poet who, in barely two years, has literally come out of nowhere. He makes no secret of the fact that he is struggling with poetry, yet he is at the same time the founder editor of a much admired journal: The Poetry Bus. His success stems largely from blogging and from his quirky and likeable presence on Facebook. He is the quintessential e-poet, agitating for web-based poetry, badgering poets to contribute to his mad notions, from Poetrygeists to Lovegeists. He is the wise-cracking guru of the excluded poet. Under his Messiahship the democratisation of poetry appears to loom.