Benjamin Keatinge recently reviewed Portobello Sonnets by Harry Clifton in Breac, opening with “Ten rules for the returning emigrant” outlined by Michael O’Loughlin in a recent Irish Times article: “Rule number 1 reads, ‘Don’t come back,’ while rule number 10 reads, ‘Above all: don’t come back.’ As O’Loughlin reminds us, the treatment of returning Irish emigrants is one…Continue Reading
In the Summer 2018 issue of Poetry London, Claire Crowther writes: Irish poet, academic and critic, [David] Wheatley is firstly a satirist. A previous collection was titled Mocker and there, as well as here, the narrating persona debunks himself along with the world. … Learned but never dry, always witty and surprising, Wheatley scampers through the arts,…Continue Reading
“Wheatley has spent his life on geographic margins,” writes Cal Revely-Calder in his review of The President of Planet Earth in the Times Literary Supplement. “To use a pun I imagine he would like, his poetry is accordingly littoral: built around the hard specifics of several shores. … His poetry is about not only how these settings…Continue Reading
during the break in chapter,
gets up to stretch beneath a skylight
and hears seagulls, small girls running.
Freedom is a prison for the representative savant
addled on bath-tub gin and with retinas inflamed
from too long staring into the Arizona sun
or into red dirt which acknowledges no master
but the attrition of desert winds and melt-water.
Leontia Flynn’s The Radio is out this month, so WFU Press interns gathered to ask the poet more about her newest collection. Written in three sections, The Radio explores the boundaries of home and family life from Flynn’s experience caring for her infant child, to coping with her father’s death, to remembering the influence of…Continue Reading
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The world is born of hysterical men and women.
Our teeth are shiny as accidental stars.
The hot, brilliant workings of our firmaments
of protons, atoms, axons, dendrites…
This morning it was announced that Leontia Flynn has won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award for her newest volume, The Radio. From the Irish Times announcement: In making their choice, the judges noted “the variance and voracious excellence of new Irish poetry, in books which experimented with long poems, prose poems, biography and translation….Continue Reading
A poem in Irish by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, with a translation by Gabriel Rosenstock, from The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Vol. IV (2017)Continue Reading