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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Volume I

$17.95

The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Volume I is a representative anthology meant to introduce to a broader audience a number of Irish poets, some young, some in their prime, who have not appeared widely before in North America. From the burgeoning economic realities of the “Celtic Tiger” to the burden of religious and political realignment, from urban scenes to historical landscapes, these poets sensitively record the effects of writing in a society that has shifted dramatically in the last decades; however, they do not write solely from historical or social contexts, but also out of psychological compulsions or in a mythic mode. Whatever their subject, they write with an awareness of the formal traditions and tensions of Irish poetry.

Featuring poetry by Harry Clifton, Dennis O’Driscoll, David Wheatley, Sinéad Morrissey, and Caitríona O’Reilly; Edited and with an introduction by Jefferson Holdridge.


Reviews 

“Given the number of twentieth-century Irish poets who are household names (Yeats, Kavanagh, MacNeice, Heaney), it’s a wonder that later generations aren’t tongue-tied or at least deterred. . . . I have the work of living poets in front of me to say it isn’t so.”
Sewanee Review

“Wake Forest . . . has always been a pioneer—almost the pioneer—in introducing new Irish poetry to American readers. It will be interesting to see which poets from Ireland’s standing army the press decides to present next.”
– Poetry Ireland Review

“A superb introduction to contemporary Irish poetry.”
– Wisconsin Bookwatch

Description

The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Volume I is a representative anthology meant to introduce to a broader audience a number of Irish poets, some young, some in their prime, who have not appeared widely before in North America. From the burgeoning economic realities of the “Celtic Tiger” to the burden of religious and political realignment, from urban scenes to historical landscapes, these poets sensitively record the effects of writing in a society that has shifted dramatically in the last decades; however, they do not write solely from historical or social contexts, but also out of psychological compulsions or in a mythic mode. Whatever their subject, they write with an awareness of the formal traditions and tensions of Irish poetry.

Featuring poetry by Harry Clifton, Dennis O’Driscoll, David Wheatley, Sinéad Morrissey, and Caitríona O’Reilly; Edited and with an introduction by Jefferson Holdridge.


Reviews 

“Given the number of twentieth-century Irish poets who are household names (Yeats, Kavanagh, MacNeice, Heaney), it’s a wonder that later generations aren’t tongue-tied or at least deterred. . . . I have the work of living poets in front of me to say it isn’t so.”
Sewanee Review

“Wake Forest . . . has always been a pioneer—almost the pioneer—in introducing new Irish poetry to American readers. It will be interesting to see which poets from Ireland’s standing army the press decides to present next.”
– Poetry Ireland Review

“A superb introduction to contemporary Irish poetry.”
– Wisconsin Bookwatch

Additional information

Publication date:

2005

Pages:

232

Binding:

paperback