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This episode features two performances and a chat with Paul McNamara. Paul has won a range of competitions for his performances and treated audiences at many festivals and events to his comedic and sincere poems that chronicle the misfortunes of a twenty-something Irish male. He delivers his poems with a precise rhythm and a physicality that make them rise from the platitude of a page and into something to be experienced rather than observed.
Paul performs his most well known piece, ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ before discussing what performance poetry is and how it differs from ‘page poetry’. Paul talks about the process of creating a performance poem and tells us about his one-man theatre and poetry show. Listen to the end for a second performance from Paul.