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It’s Poetry Month!

It’s Poetry Month!

April is the month to celebrate poetry! And while we here at the Press rejoice it every day, we encourage our readers to take part with us in the celebration of National Poetry Month, established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Now is the time to start that spring cleaning by dusting off…

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But who is Captain Lemass?

But who is Captain Lemass?

Currently at the press, we are looking forward to releasing Harry Clifton’s new book The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass. When first hearing this title, the name Captain Lemass seems so lyrical that many assume it must be a fictional name.  However, some researched revealed that Clifton is actually referring to Captain Noel Lemass, the…

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Poem of the Week: “Ceist na Teangan / The Language Issue” by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Poem of the Week: “Ceist na Teangan / The Language Issue” by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

This week has been a pretty exciting one for everyone involved in publishing and literary studies here at Wake Forest. After two years of planning, the University is finally hosting its “Words Awake!” celebration of Wake Forest writers! The three day event will focus on recognizing the achievements of Wake Forest writers past and present while also…

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Poem of the Week: “Pollen” by Moya Cannon

Poem of the Week: “Pollen” by Moya Cannon

We felt this poem about pollen by Moya Cannon was incredibly appropriate this week as the season changes from winter to spring. You can read more of her poetry in our anthology The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Volume II.  Pollen And this dust survives through the death of ages. It sleeps in deep…

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Poem of the Week: “Oscar” by Ciaran Carson

Poem of the Week: “Oscar” by Ciaran Carson

Ever wish you could experience winning an Oscar? In light of last weekend’s Academy Awards, today we present you that opportunity, courtesy of one of our most popular poets, Ciaran Carson. Oscar I held the figurine aloft, revelling in my actor’s gravestone smile; I boldly faced an orchestra of flash, as paparazzi packed the aisle. I thanked everyone: all…

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