the Irish Circle
Larry Kirwan from Black 47 taught me about)
Going to Ireland for the first time at 65,
going back where I have a home,
it is my mothers home,
it is mine, Williamstown, September,
through Tuam from Galway City in a
car to get there, rain always, heading
the place she was born, old black and
picture in my pocket on flight over,
Jamesons, Aer Lingus, what
she have thought of all this? driving
the long rowed, fields, through the
Sunday morning streets of the small
along the way, the hue of color on the
sides, Saturday night kegs in
doorways as I roll by, heading to
still standing, old wall of the thatched
she was born in, the white wash all
now with the years of rain, and the
holding on keeping the stone brick
past the pubs, the lone grocery
where they sell brown bread and
slices of Irish cheese, if you are
and I am, it is my Mothers,
so it is mine. Up the country
she walked as a child, I walk too.
yes, I will have a cup of Lyons Tea,
a Jamesons too. I am home now.
the Author Writer, Author and Playwright, Patrick
Fenton, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in the Irish working-class
tenements of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn on St Patrick's Day, 1941.
a writer, Fenton's stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications
including the New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Magazine
and The Daily News. As a noted Kerouac scholar, Fenton's stories, "The
Wizard of Ozone Park" and "Drinking
With Jack Kerouac in a Rockaway Bar" are eclectic bookend
perspectives of the great American author and his stories "Confessions
of a Working Stiff" and "Stoopdreamer
and Other Brooklyn Stories" a roadmap of his coming of age
as a NYC Irish-American blue-collar Joe.
a Playwright, Fenton's "Kerouac's
Last Call" is a poignant look at Jack Kerouasc's last
days in Newport, LI as he wrestled with his misconstrued career. Click
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Playing on PRX!
New & Of Note! - "Jack's Last Call:
Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX -
The AudioPlay adaptation of the Patrick Fenton StagePlay, "Kerouac's
Last Call" premiered April 2, 2008 on PRX
- the Public Radio Exchange.
Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's
Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."
Of Note . . .
Here To View Drinking
a pint with Behan and Kerouac -
A story by Patrick Fenton
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& Other Brooklyn Stories"