The Tale and Trial of Tailtu

by Penn Kemp


Here’s to Tailtu, foster mother to deity Lugh
whose day Lammas is. Tailtu prepared Ireland
for cultivation, clearcut demolishing all forest

so Lugh as Wind, as Lightning could open ways
to invention, new worlds of agriculture— laying
waste the trees to feed folk now at first harvest.

Tailtu lay down to die, exhausted. If she hadn’t
sacrificed herself, great Druid oak and ash groves
would still be flourishing to protect and teach us.

In her end is our beginning. Lughnasadh is called
Brón Trogain (Sorrow of Sorrows) to honour all
that’s gone before, all that dies so we may eat.

You can watch our Tales of Tailtu performance, With Eugenia Catroppa, Lyre Alice Jameson, Angela Rawlings (on Skype) Natalie Zina Walschots and Brian Walsh, Transac Club, Toronto.

Paeans to the goddess:

Helwa! (Beautiful), poetry chapbook, Pigeonbike Press,   [Dedicated to Noot and Hathor.  See;]

THROO, poetry book, Moonstone Press.[Dedicated to 9 Goddesses, including Tara. Artemis, Hathor, Venus, Hecate, Demeter, Hera, Persephone, Changing Woman, and Sekhmet]

Night Vision, poetry CD, Pendas Productions [Dedicated to Noot and Hathor]

Luminous Entrance, poetry DVD, Pendas Productions [Dedicated to our beloved Gaia in all her guises.]

Trance Form, poetry book, Pendas Productions [Dedicated to Tara]
Trance Dance Form, poetry CD, Pendas Productions [Dedicated to Tara]

All can be ordered from Penn direct:
Penn Kemp
525 Canterbury Road London ON Canada N6G 2N5



Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp is the League of Canadian Poets 2015 Spoken Word Artist of the Year. As Writer-in-Residence for Western University, her project was the DVD, Luminous Entrance: a Sound Opera for Climate Change Action, Pendas Productions. Her latest works are two anthologies for the Feminist Caucus Archives of the League of Canadian Poets: Performing Women and Women and Multimedia. Most recently, there is a new collection of poetry, Barbaric Cultural Practice, available from Quattro Books.
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