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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Wake: Up to Poetry

"The act of poetry is a rebel act."

Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, sponsored by the American Library Association. From September 22nd-28th, people are encouraged to read previously banned or challenged books.

Since 1982, more than 11,300 books have been challenged, or attacked and almost removed due to content. One of our books, The Midnight Court translated by Ciaran Carson, was previously banned in Ireland for its “inappropriate content.”

In honor of Banned Books Week, we’re delighted to bring you a few lines from Ciaran Carson’s 2006 translation, which the Los Angeles Times called “that rarest of things: a small and utterly enjoyable masterpiece.”

“But damn her, I tell you, I saw her by day,
As toward Garus mills I was making my way, 
Sprawled out in the boreen without a stitch on
With a bog-trotting lout going hammer and tongs.”

–  from The Midnight Court

(Posted by Mike)

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