This year’s winner of the All Ireland Slam Poetry Competition, Shanna Lee Lynch, has won the title with a poem called ‘Make the World Gay Again’.
The 28 year-old from Cork has just finished a run in Cork Arts Theatre of a play she wrote, Wishful Thinking, which was shown at Dublin Fringe Festival earlier this year.
Shauna studied drama as a teenager and went on to gain a level 8 degree from Dublin Institute of Technology in drama.
She told echolive.ie that her love of drama stemmed from a fascination with film and TV.
Having returned to Cork in recent years, she made friends with people involved in the poetry scenes and started attending weekly poetry slams.
“I thought that what they were doing was great, and I decided to give the open mic sessions a try.”
Shauna says a lot of her poetry has feminist themes.
She competed at this year’s All Ireland Slam Poetry Competition in Dublin where she competed in three rounds to win the title.
Having won the national title, Shauna now hopes to go on tour and means that she has the opportunity to represent Ireland in the European Slam Competition which takes place in Paris next March.
Here is one of her winning poems:
Make the World Gay Again
Here ye, here ye-
after a catastrophic history
of conflict & sanctimony,
we’ve decided it’s time
to give something else a try.
A new proposal we instate
for all priests to be replaced
by flamboyant poets and drag queens.
Sanction Sunday mass a disco,
a DJ at each altar,
a monastery of mirror balls,
communions of joy and laughter.
Fine attire must be donned,
be ready to twirl for the Gods.
All that condemnation to hell
got quite exhausting
so we’ll try a more
of love and compassion.
of course our initial aim
but of it,
we’ve made a hames,
it’s high time for a change,
to spice up our lives as those girls say.
We’ll keep the wine,
encourage to be kind,
throw a party in the pulpit.
Fill the pews
with those for who
an apology is long overdue
for any humiliation
we may have caused.
We’ll keep the rainbow windows,
the stations of the cross-dressers.
Switch Adam & Eve with the snake
to Britney at the VMA’s,
exchange Mary Magdalene for Madonna-
‘Like A Prayer’ and ‘I’m a Slave 4 u’
will be sung wildly by the choir.
Let’s applaud divas, jezebels and whores,
thank those who came before
for no one here will cast stones,
we be out here living our best lives-
When the ceremony begins
this performer in heels,
taller than Croagh Patrick
will open her mouth with sassiness
and teach kindness on her tongue.
We’ll pray to patron saints
RuPaul and Panti Bliss,
all the Stonewall kids,
those wrongly persecuted
& those who dared to Vogue.
The world is hard enough
without being told
you are full of sin.
We’ve come to this realisation.
So we’ve decided to let that sit
for the time being.
The church will now be fun
and inclusive of everyone,
it’s been in the closet for far too long
It needs a re-vamp, perhaps a false lash,
a sequined gown
to stop all the moping around.
We hope fringe culture inspired glamour
can save us from our sorrow
we thoroughly regret the shame
and forced you to internalise.
Now go fourth and wrap yourself in light,
give yourself that ‘Ooh Ahh Ahh’
and let’s make the world gay again.
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