Welcome Annemarie Ni Churreain

The Kerouac Project would like to welcome it’s first writer of the 2014-2015 residency season, Annemarie Ni Churreain. Annemarie hails from the North-West of Ireland and was a recent resident of the artist-in-residency program at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre. Her work has appeared in various journals such as Poetry Ireland Review and The London Magazine. Anne Marie is the cofounder of the Upstart Arts Collective.

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by Anne Marie Ni Churreain


One cut and the hair worn since childhood
fell upon the floor
dead soft.

A spear-thistle;
her new, bald skull
refused order.

She belonged to heather
and in tail-streams
cupping frogs,

in the small, green pulse of life
between palms,

not here:
at the dark centre of reunions, separations,
starved of air.

This was a protest of love, against love
sun, rain, wilderness.

From a finger, she slid a band
placed it underfoot, …

houseJack Kerouac lived in this home at the time On the Road made him a national sensation. And it was in this home that Kerouac wrote his follow-up, The Dharma Bums, during eleven frenetic days and nights. The Kerouac House, as it has come to be known, is now a living, literary tribute to one of the great American writers of the twentieth century. Like all the other places in Kerouac’s nomadic journey, he didn’t live here long. But the home represents a critical juncture in Kerouac’s life, when he made the transition from a 35-year-old nobody writer, to the bard of the Beat Generation.

- See a Tour of the House Here -