Thursday, April 18, 2019


The poems collected in this volume are presented to Abdullah Ocalan on his 70th birthday on 4 April 2019.

They are each a gesture of solidarity and token of friendship for Ocalan himself and for the Kurdish people from whom he is inseparable.

Each poem is an expression of admiration for the spirit of the Kurds, inspired by their resilience, resistance and belief in the joy of life. The remarkable awakening of the consciousness and political activism of the Kurdish people in recent years has been engendered by the remarkable leadership and writings of Abdullah Ocalan. Despite enduring decades of incarceration removed entirely from the world, his people and denied all human contacts, Ocalan still communicates through his words and as a living example of the essential strength of the Kurdish spirit. He will not and cannot be silenced.

The immediate context for the publication of this book is the mass hunger strike waged by Kurds within Turkey and the diaspora for the freedom of Ocalan. There is also, at the time of going to press, the mounting political crisis within Turkey reflected in the dramatic collapse in support for Erdogan’s party, the AKP, in the recent elections. That poll result is a welcome sign that change is on its way and it is about time too.

But this volume looks forward to a time when Abdullah Ocalan himself will be able to read the poems contained in its pages at leisure and in freedom. That will be an important milestone in the liberation of the Kurds as a whole and only then will our task have been achieved.

We hope these poems will move you and inspire you into taking action in support of the Kurdish people.

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question

Saturday, January 26, 2019

séamas carraher

from kobanê
orsola casagrande,
september, 2018

"This place is Rojava, the Federation of Northern and Eastern Syria, where Kurds, together with Armenians, Yazidi, Circassians, Christians, Turkmens, Arabs, Assyrians are dreaming boldly, and, equally boldly, are trying to make these dreams come true."   [Orsola Casagrande]

downloadable e-chapbook

“We have work to do”

 "This is what Only in Rojava is, a statement from the heart.
And from the hearts of those men and women trying to build a new world, against all odds."
(Orsola Casagrande)

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Theses on (the Philosophy of) History (poem) 

downloadable E-Book

Global Rights has decided to venture into the world of e-books.

"Today, Tuesday 27th September, we publish a precious little e-book, Theses on (the Philosophy of) History (poem), a long poem by GR writer and poet Séamas Carraher, based on Walter Benjamin’s last written work, ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History –  Über den Begriff der Geschichte’, written in 1940 shortly before his death.
The idea of now publishing e-books is a consequence of what Global Rights intends to be: a platform to communicate and share texts, opinions, comments, literary reviews, poems, news…
We have called this new chapter of the Global Rights adventure “Culture of Liberation”. We will go into it and why we think there is now an urgent need for a culture of liberation, with other writings to be published this week and into the future.
Ultimately we believe that only by imagining and desiring another world, other social systems and relationships, in fact, will the much needed change become concrete.
Likewise only by “recovering forgotten and subtracted vocabularies, by rebuilding proper syntax and new grammars, subversion becomes viable…”
We hope you will join us in this new project." 
(Orsola Casagrande)


On the Concept of History – Walter Benjamin – download e-book

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Poetry Journal Links

Bare Trees at Pine Ridge, West of Ireland
...from    Whistling with Love & 16 Songs of Love & Despair
An Introduction & 3 Poems from...
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The Beating of Bodies
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The Transparency of Perfection

The Sun Cracked Her Blinds

Letter to a Beloved

The Dancing Mirrors 

3 Poems from 16 Poems of Love & Despair

 ...from   The Red Notebook / political poems
South Inner City Dublin, by Cathal Dawson
The Revolt of my Stomach

It is this Ghost Called Fathering, Son
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The Fish of Nobodies  

Like a Man with Bare Head Under the Bewildering Rain

Throwing Light at the Darkness  

The Impossibility of Heartbreak 
Carcinogenic Poetry/2012/07/seamus-carraher
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The Murderers Indicted

i Accuse

Where Sheep Stare [dead link]
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O All My Life

(November 2012 Issue)

September Falling in Stone
Dead Beats Literary Blog: Our latest piece is by Irish writer, Séamas Carraher and is a poem entitled 'September Falling in Stone'. Ostensibly about the cold thaw setting in as winter advances, the poem is suffused with political undertones and provides an acerbic yet subtle indictment about capitalist society. Take a look by clicking 'view post' and leave any feedback below. 

The Eyes of a Child, their Eloquence, Width and Weaponry

Famine Grave

Human Need

Song of My Collective Self

On the Death of Jesús María Valle Jaramillo

The Corpse's Birthday

Dole Day

Me Self So Falls the Soviet Union

Work 3

The Spoon in my Eye
Storm Cycle Anthology (2014)

...from   The Song of Poverty

Sunflower Poem (in a Council Estate).pdf
Photograph By Ballyogan Celtic Youth

“Glory isn’t what the history books teach:
it’s a flock of buzzards in a field and a great stink.”
Ernesto Cardenal
“Zero Hour” (1954-56)

Lord of the Dole Queue
THE SHOp a magazine of poetry 
Spring 2013 Issue
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O Lord of the Unswept Road

Lord of Abandoned Cars

Lord, it is Easter Time

...from Dub(h)lin(n) - 20 poems of the city
Judas in the City


Bring out your Dead
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City of Justice, 1 & 2

On Ormond Quay

Busárus, My Selfish Love (2)
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Solomon in the City
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The Moon Over Blackrock Park 
(November 2015 Issue)

"And one of those waxing-poetical Irishman meets the South Dakota landscape and its inhabitants, with shared tragic stories of conquest and resistance, a poetics of place which leads me to another little cluster of writings and visuals..." (Pina Piccolo, May, 2018)
The dreaming machine no. 2

...from   SHORT POEMS, Elegies & Laments 

September 17
September 17, 2015, Cyphers, 81, May, 2016

Prayer for Daniel Minihan

A Prayer for Daniel Minihan
                                           Lost at Sea, 1995,  Aged 21 Years Old
Dead Bird
The Clown of Contradictions

The Palace of Love

The Tree that Withers in its Leaves

In My Dream i Can't Touch You

Prayer at 50

Autumn in Ghettoes,
First published in LEFT CURVE, No. 17, 1993

Autumn 'Haiku'

Poem on my 39th Birthday

a lament for danny henke



'For The Kurdish People in Diyarbakır and Beyond'


"İrlanda'lı şair Séamas Carraher Kürt halkına ithafen yazdığı şiirinde Türk Devleti tarafından sokağa çıkma yasağı adı altında gerçekleştirilen yargısız infazlara dikkat çekiyor. Diyarbakır ve ötesindeki Kürt halkı için   Bir çukurda oturuyorum, bombalanmış bir aklın içinde, Oturuyor ve gürültünün bitmesini bekliyorum Bu sessiz bağırış ve çığlıkların, Bu rezil dünyayı ölümden uyandırmasını bekliyorum. Bir çukurda oturuyorum, Tarihin bodrumu gib..."i

Article on Kurdish Civilian Deaths by Orsola Casagrande
List of Casualties During Turkish Curfew in Kurdistan

'By the Banks of the Tigris River 
 My Soul Sat Down and Wept' 
for the people of Cizîr‎

The Cizre Report 

The Cizre Report - Article

'For Ashraf Fayadh Imprisoned' 

The Steel Cranes

For Ashraf - “Still Imprisoned” 

"Ashraf Fayadh:


JULY 28th, 2016"

“…earth is the hell prepared for refugees.”
– Ashraf Fayadh

Séamas Carraher, Cathal Dawson, & the Ballyogan Celtic Youth Group