Biography of Bernard Kennedy
Born Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland of Waterford Chemist father and Longford mother
Educated De La Salle College, Churchtown, Dublin.
Holy Cross Seminary, ordained 1979.
Taught Religious Studies in Schools, Sallynoggin, and Balbriggan, Dublin.
Trained as a Freudian Psychoanalyst, Holds M.A. University of Sheffield,2000, and,
M.Sc.School of Psychotherapy, University College Dublin (2002)
works at Beechwood Parish, Ranelagh, Dublin. www.beechwoodparish.com
Has written Essays for
The Furrow (thefurrow.ie)
The Letter (The letter.ie)
Intercom, Studies, (www.irishstudiesreview.ie) and other publications.& Lacanian- Psychoanalysis (online)
Bernard Kennedy's Works:
Context Reality Poems.1988.
Leaves of Autumn: Poems (1998)
The Poet's Tower & Love Poems. (2000)
Berlin, Berlin, (2001)
online at www.mourne.net (guest poet)
Bernard Kennedy Poems
Old Faithful Dog
I never thought him dead. Only running in the park, and sitting stretched by fire, or with his paw,
Summer is brought through this lemon zest of colour- reflected under the chin,
I met my father, on the hill of the road, at kilmashogue. he was striding down from
July Morning Mindfullness
The summer morning, it rises to the sound of dogs greeting day, in garden near, and Fuschia, waking in the morn
from where? For Who? Coming out? Of What? If we view from the window we see a limited and framed
A Birthday Celebration
A joy rings out, throughout, family, neighbourhood and clan, 'thou art here', born, now, joy is ours.
Gypsy Dance of love
We danced like gypsies in the heat of day, and matched our colors bright and gay, and music strings brought tears of love, and bands of strolling players moved above,
From main roads through the pass and there, beneath, as if a mountain gate over a valley, lake or bay
Pierre Loti looks to Sligo Bay
From my eyrie, my high up, Eyup eyrie, at Ladies Brae in Skreen, at my hermitage, Patrick to Tara, I look down to Sligo Bay.
Traveller from afar
I met a traveller from an antique land, and saw beneath that turbaned head not a visitor but brother too, though lineage was but black and white.
Antigone: la lecon de Charcot
Cry out once more, Antigone, cry out, until the sentence is lifted, the sentence that keeps the feminine,
Squirrels in autumn pathway
A quiet pathway off the drive, a rustle then again, and bushy tails are swaying, playing and searching. Grey, as lifting a goblet, the hands are raised, in search, and eyes dart, either way,
Whats wrong my love
The bills come in, those reminders, in their window envelope, 2 tell us, i dwell here too. Upon the hall floor,
at the darkest, deadest, depressed nature's hour, holiness yeasted a light, a glimmer, slowly seen,
We gathered at the River
When Leonard came to town, a farewell
to arms, we gathered at the river.
Anna Livia brought the wooden boats of memory
and together we laid right down there in the grass knoll.
Ate burgers, at the carousel, like sixty year old young things
do in memory.
He gathered us together, we were young again,
and sat down and laughed and wept in heart.