I'm an Irish poet dividing my time between Vienna and Los Angeles. I love writing, reading, football (the real stuff) and have recently fallen in love with good whiskies. In that respect, put a good game of football on the box in a bar, give me a whiskey and let's talk poems - is that close enough to Heaven?
I have published 3 chapbooks of poems and released one CD of spoken word entitled 'Live in the Laden' recorded in Vienna and released under Preiser/Label 08. My poems have been widely published and also translated and published in Romanian, Hungarian and Serbian.
I hope you enjoy browsing and give Fictionaut the time and attention it deserves!
In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @NeilFMcCarthy
I write because I like toying with words, feeling a sense of achievement upon finishing a piece of writing that one person likes. I don't write because I feel I need to do so in order to justify calling myself a writer, a poet - but if a subject captivates my mind, a 'bone of a poem' as I like to say ends up on the back of a beer coaster, or something I see in a cafe or on a street strikes me as being interesting enough to express with words, then I will sit down and hammer it out.
One of my best friends Stephen Murray (Salmon Poetry) is one of my favourite authors - he in turn put me onto Dylan Thomas a few years back. I also admire the writing of Irish poets Billy Ramsell, Greg Delanty, Paul Durcan and the late Dennis O'Driscoll. On the US scene, there are again too many to mention, but Beverly M Collins, Mel Weisburd, Ron Koertge, Brendan Constantine and Meghan Plunkett are up there. My favourite book is a work of fiction by the Hungarian writer Antal Szerb who wrote "Journey by Moonlight". Although Spike Milligan's war memoirs are also high up on my list of 'will read agains'.
Thanks for the kind words on "Carver" Neil. Re: your profile info, I think the combination writer/musician thing is pretty cool.
Thank you, Neil!
Hi, Neil, and thanks! I'm new here and looking forward to reading your work.
Neil, thanks for stopping by to comment on my piece, Resistance... much appreciated!! :)
Neil, thanks for your kind comment on "7 years for us." It means a lot to me.
I'm very grateful for your response to "I'm Waiting." Means a great deal to me.
Thanks, Neil for reading and commenting on "A Forest."
Thanks for your comment on Holiday Newsletter.
It's ok, I found some more gin.
Neil, thanks for the kind words on my piece, One Nil.
Thank you for Ziggy in False Alarm.
Neil, thank you for reading and responding to The Horror.
Thanks for the kind words on "The Songs of Townes Van Zandt."
They have Guinness, but no pool table and you'd have to go into Boston proper for the pols, but you wouldn't want to. Bad breath is a sort of electoral litmus test here.
"put me onto Dylan Thomas a few years back."
A few years back?!
Thank you for the comment on the Manet. And welcome!
Thanks! I´ll have a go at this platform in a few days! :)
Hey, Neil! Welcome! Looking forward to *seeing* your work after the fun of *hearing* it.