Poem of the Week S01 E23 : Samoa – Into the future, read and written by Jean O Brien.

Ring in the new year with Jean O Brien, author of 5 collections of poetry as well as having been published in numerous times in anthologies and journals. Samoa – Into the Future is, for me, typical of Jean’s work and a great introduction into the woman herself; existential inquiry and deep introspection embedded within a playful skepticism. Why are we using Samoa as a segue to welcome 2019? Listen back to find out!


Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.

Each week the featured poem will also commemorate a significant date in the calendar year fostering new and challenging perspectives into poems you thought you knew. The poems have been selected with the advice and support of Ireland’s former Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan.