Second Cycle – Floating Eyes in Venice

March 21, 2019 in Mad Messiah

The Second Cycle – Floating Eyes in Venice – is a satirical take on another group whom I know well and with whom I also feel at home These poems are a portrait of a Jesuit gone wrong which, given that we describe ourselves officially as sinners, means all Jesuits. We have been satirized before but I’m not sure if it has ever been done from the inside. You might ask why they – or we – only come second in line for this treatment? There is a simple answer. I could stop being a Jesuit in the morning, but I will never stop being a Dublin south-sider.

Listen to me reading the full Second Cycle below. If you would prefer to listen to any one specific poem in the cycle, see the links further down. Click first for PDF (left column) and then for Audio (right column).

Download PDF of Part II »


The Friendly Neighbour »

A Helping Hand »

The Relic »

The Carrier »

The Palace »

Signor Bellini’s Madonna »

Signor Tiziano’s Creation »

The Pilgrim »

Il Redentore »

Signor Canaletto’s Crocodile »

The Boat »

Peggy »

Il Ultimo Bienniale »