Poetry Jukebox: The Revolution is in the Heart

The Revolution is in the Heart – Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann

They shoot in the head,
but they don’t know
the revolution is in the heart…
Khet Thi, (Myanmar)                                                                                                      

The poetry jukebox outside EPIC was updated recently! You can visit the jukebox in person or you can press a button below and hear a poem from this selection of contemporary writers.

This edition for Poetry Jukebox includes translated work by international imprisoned writers:  Varavara Rao (India) (VR), Ilhan Sami Çomak (Turkey) (ISC), Perhat Tursun (Uyghur poet, China) (PT) and Paola Ugaz (Peru) (PU).  Khet Thi and K Za Win (KZW) were killed by military forces in Myanmar in 2021. The poems are read by contemporary writers from Ireland and elsewhere. Poetry Jukebox is curated for Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann by Lia Mills and Maria McManus.

Tishani Doshi (VR)

June Considine (VR)

Gabriel Rosenstock (VR)

Nidhi Zak/Aria/Eipe (VR)

John O’Donnell (VR)

Caroline Stockford (ISC)

Theo Dorgan (ISC)

Liz McManus (for ISC)

Paula Meehan (ISC)

Lia Mills (Irish PEN)

Kate Ennals (ISC)

Joshua L. Freeman (PT)

Aziz Isa Elkun (PT)

Stephen James Smith (KZW)

Joshua L. Freeman (PT)

Catherine Dunne (PU)

Neil Hegarty (PU)

Evelyn Conlon (PU)

Pádraig Hanratty (PU)

Cathal Póirtéir and Siúan Póirtéir (PU)

Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann aims to promote literature in and about Ireland both nationally and internationally, to defend worldwide the right of writers to responsible freedom of expression as defined in the PEN Charter and to foster international understanding through the appreciation of literature.

This project is part of an international collaboration between Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann, Belfast-based company Quotidian – Word on the Street and Ondrej Kobza, the inventor of the Poetry Jukebox, in the Czech Republic.

Commissioned by: Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann

Supported by: Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Funds