Over the next two weeks I will be posting images on social media and short blog posts that may spark a geoheritage themed poem based on one of the sites dotted across the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. While many submissions are coming from Fermanagh and Cavan residents, I have noted interest from outside of the Geopark region and Ireland. So to help poets who live outside the region or who have been unable to visit a site, I shall be posting photos as poem prompts over the next two weeks. The digital poetry map will chart sites across the Fermanagh and Cavan Geopark region with geoheritage themed poems inspired by sites around the Geopark.
The lifting of the inter-county only travel restriction in Ireland spurred the Geopark to extend the deadline for submissions until 15th June 2021. That will allow nearly a month for Irish residents to come and mosey around a site of their choice. All poets have a different process, but some do like to visit the site before they compose their poem. Others are content with images and research and memory. All the Geopark sites are outdoors and open to the public.
For the first Geopark Poetry Map Prompt I have chosen the Rock Art and megaliths of the Cavan Burren. When I have guided visitors around Cavan Burren Park I always make a point of reminding them that the megalith building and the art chipped into the glacial eratics with stone tools happened before Neolithic humans got around to inventing agriculture. Making, or art or burial chambers for loved ones, was a primal impulse, one stronger even than food security.
Unsure what the hay is geoheritage? Read my blog from last week to clarify that definition. https://sojourningsmith.blog/2021/05/11/what-is-geoheritage/
Let your imagination rock n roll! Full information on submission details and supporting research material about sites around #MACGeopark can be requested from GeoparkPoetryMap@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 15th June 2021.
Look out for memes posted on my Twitter @irishblessingst, Facebook Word Alchemy and beesmithdowra Instagram accounts with the hashtag #MACGeopark #PoetryMap.