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Poem of the Week: “Melusine” by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

This week’s poem comes from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s most recent volume, The Fifty Minute Mermaid, a selection of which was included in The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry. Ní Dhomhnaill’s narrative poem, “Melusine,” is based on folklore most famously captured by the 14th century French writer Jean d’Arras. In the tale, Count Raymondin meets the…

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Poem of the Week: “Viola D’Amore” by Moya Cannon

This week, we continue to look back through The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry as we prepare to publish Volume IV. Today we’re featuring Moya Cannon from Volume II, whose subtle yet distinct voice demands a reader’s attention. Her poems are largely preoccupied with the sphere of landscapes, and how human desire—sometimes expressed through the invocation of Greek myths—is interwoven into…

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Poem of the Week to Celebrate Samhain

Poem of the Week to Celebrate Samhain

It’s the last week of October, which means it’s almost Halloween, the spookiest time of year. Did you know that Halloween originates from the Celtic festival called Samhain? We enjoy getting into the Samhain spirit by reading some of our poets’ eeriest pieces. Here’s a particularly creepy poem of the week from Louis MacNeice. Plant…

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Poem of the Week: “Clotho” by Caitríona O’Reilly

Poem of the Week: “Clotho” by Caitríona O’Reilly

It’s publication week for Caitríona O’Reilly’s new volume Geis (available now in print, iBook, and Kindle editions). This week’s featured poem is a sneak peek into this wonderful book. For more on O’Reilly’s inspiration, writing process, and more, check out our Q&A with the poet. Happy reading, poetry lovers! Clotho after Camille Claudel And in the end it was…

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Poem of the Week: Happy Birthday, Ciaran Carson!

Poem of the Week: Happy Birthday, Ciaran Carson!

Today is Ciaran Carson’s birthday, and in celebration of this accomplished poet and traditional musician from Belfast, we are sharing one of his earlier poems, “The Albatross,” from his book First Language as our featured poem this week. This poem is written after the poem “L’Albatros” by the French poet Charles Baudelaire. In it, the speaker compares the…

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Ciaran Carson on tour in the U.S. next month

Ciaran Carson on tour in the U.S. next month

We are pleased to announce that Ciaran Carson will be on tour in the U.S. this November. If you’ve never had the opportunity to see him read his work, you’re in for a treat. His lively readings combine poetry with traditional Irish music, making for a delightful and festive evening. A quick search on YouTube…

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New Irish Literature Festival in Phoenix

New Irish Literature Festival in Phoenix

This weekend Irish literature will be celebrated in a new way here in America. The non-profit organization Phoenix Sister Cities will be hosting its own Ennis Committee Book Festival this Sunday, September 27 in Phoenix, Arizona. This year is the first for this festival, but it is meant to be a counterpart to an established literary event in…

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Introducing Geis by Caitríona O’Reilly

Introducing Geis by Caitríona O’Reilly

In her third collection of poetry, Caitríona O’Reilly presents a cabinet of curiosities, landscapes ranging from Iceland to Iowa, and a cast of characters including Jackson Pollock, Camille Claudel, and Clint Eastwood. Moving between the scientific and the supernatural, O’Reilly is consistently sharp with language that is Latinate, tactile, and intuitive, what Michael Longley has…

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We’re back (and with a Poem of the Week)

We’re back (and with a Poem of the Week)

This summer, we’ve been busy with a few exciting projects that we’ll be sharing with you in due time. To celebrate being back and the near end of a productive summer, we’re sharing Frank Ormsby’s poetic treatment of American craft beer. Cheers! At the Lazy Boy Saloon and Ale Bar (White Plains, NY) The beers of…

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Introducing: The Boys of Bluehill

Introducing: The Boys of Bluehill

Wake Forest University Press is proud to announce the arrival of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Boys of Bluehill. In her newest collection, Ní Chuilleanáin addresses the themes of music, religion, art, and language to create a beautiful union between revelatory imagery and an acute poetic sensibility. Of her work, Seamus Heaney remarked: “There is something second-sighted about Eiléan Ní Chulleanáin’s work….

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Poem of the Week: October Thoughts & Throwback

Poem of the Week: October Thoughts & Throwback

WFU Press’s newest book is here! Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere is a beautiful work featuring translations of the French poet Jean Follain juxtaposed alongside Carson’s original work. In his “Apropros,” Carson offers, “…[T]he word fetch…was in my mind throughout the writing of From Elsewhere.” He goes on to say, “A fetch is the act of fetching, bringing from a distance,…

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A festive celebration for WFU Press

In the U.S., there’s no better day to celebrate Irish heritage and our connections with Ireland than St. Patrick’s Day. Green rivers, cheesy shamrock hats, and buckets o’ Guinness aside, we’re always happy to advocate for the rich Irish culture that exists in our country. This year, we’ve been celebrating with the publication of a very special and unique book…

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Picking a Poem for Ireland

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster, is currently promoting a campaign called A Poem for Ireland. This contest began in September when RTÉ asked followers to submit stand-out poems from the past century that encapsulated the Irish experience. With their nominations, followers submitted explanations for why their favorite should earn the recognition. Over…

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Revealing Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere Cover

This April, we’ll be releasing the North American edition of Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere and we are pleased to reveal the cover design. In From Elsewhere, Carson translates poems by the French poet Jean Follain and includes his own riffs inspired by these poems. The book’s cover points to Carson’s interest in translation and reflection, with the water…

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Poem of the Week:”Pas de Deux”

A poem for Valentine’s Day– Pas de Deux It all began in Take Two, what with us looking at clothes. You’d brushed against me as I stepped aside from the mirror to let you size yourself up against a blue pencil skirt, pinching its waistband to your waist with your arms akimbo. I caught you…

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Poem of the Week: “Swallows and Willows”

In Dharmakaya, Paula Meehan creates a beautiful poem, highlighting the parallels between her own Irish voice, and the voice of one of America’s most commemorated female poets–Sylvia Plath. February 11th marks the 52nd anniversary of Plath’s death, and we love the fact that this poem creates a space where the haunting, feminine poetics of two of our favorite writers…

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5 things we're looking forward to in 2015

Though it may look like we’re late to the “Top 10 list” train that hits at the end of each year, we thought it might be nice to look forward rather than back. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to this year: 1. Yeats turns 150! 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats’s…

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Poem of the Week: “January Drought”

Poem of the Week: “January Drought”

As storm clouds roll into Winston-Salem, Conor O’Callaghan writes of a somewhat drier world—yet the haunting sentimentality of his poetic voice still manages to soak us to the bone. January Drought It needn’t be tinder, this juncture of the year, a cigarette flicked from car to brush. The woods’ parchment is given to cracking asunder the…

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Poem of the Week: “Christmas Tree”

Poem of the Week: “Christmas Tree”

Christmas Tree for Jacob You are my second grandson, Christmas-born. I put on specs to read your face. Whispering Sweet nothings to your glistening eyelids, Am I outspoken compared with you? You sleep While I carry you to our elderly beech. Your forefinger twitches inside its mitten. Do you feel at home in my aching…

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Irish: A Dying Language?

Irish: A Dying Language?

An article published yesterday in The Irish Times titled “Have Irish-Language books fallen off the shelf?” poses an interesting inquiry for bilingual presses. As a press specializing in Irish poetry, we take pride in publishing works both in our native English tongue, as well as in the guttural, consonant-strewn language of Irish Gaelic. Since for a large part of the 19th…

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Poem of the Week: “The Wood” by Paul Muldoon

Poem of the Week: “The Wood” by Paul Muldoon

As we endure the stresses and chaos of long work days or classes, we crave some peace and quiet—the familiarity of home. We know that wherever we are in the world, we can always come home to the people we love and the home we cherish. Paul Muldoon’s “The Wood” echoes this desire for solace in the comfort of our homes and and reminds us to be grateful for the people, smells, and tastes that accompany our homecoming.

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Get Your Daily Dose of Poetry

Do you love poetry, but find yourself unable to sit down and read an entire collection?Between running around doing errands, writing for ourselves, or sitting behind a desk working, it can be hard to find time to read the genre that we all love. But never fear! Here at the Press, we have compiled a…

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Poem of the Week: “Closed Bells” by Medbh McGuckian

Poem of the Week: “Closed Bells” by Medbh McGuckian

As we transition into winter, Medbh McGuckian’s frosty poem Closed Bells reminds us of the fast-dropping temperatures. Her fleshed out, frostbitten images offer the characteristic “wordlessness” for which McGuckian is best known and create a dream world suspended in the mid-season chill. Closed Bells Frost hollows small areas of leaf in gardenless margins. Wounded by the thought of nests expanding, they inspire devotion…

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It’s publication day for The Stairwell

It’s publication day for The Stairwell

We are delighted to announce that The Stairwell by Michael Longley is now available on our website! For the Poem of the Week, we offer here the title poem.   The Stairwell  For Lucy McDiarmid I have been thinking about the music for my funeral— Liszt’s transcription of that Schumann song, for instance, ‘Dedication’ — inwardness meets the…

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A final song for Samhain

A final song for Samhain

Halloween is finally here! While children dress in costume and parents don their houses with spooky decorations, we are paying tribute to John Montague and his eerie poem about the Celtic festival that celebrates the arrival of the “darker half” of the year. The auditory and sensory imagery Montague engages sends shivers down our spine, as we welcome…

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What does Ireland’s official Professor of Poetry do?

What does Ireland’s official Professor of Poetry do?

In September of last year, WFU Press’s very own poet, Paula Meehan, was appointed to serve as Ireland’s newest Professor of Poetry. This prestigious position, which is Ireland’s equivalent to the U.S. Poet Laureate, was founded by an independent Board of Trustees in response to Seamus Heaney’s 1995 win of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Of the six individuals (including…

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Happy birthday to Ciaran Carson

Happy birthday to Ciaran Carson

Author of poetry and prose, translator, professor, and accomplished musician, Ciaran Carson is a man of so many talents that we never need much of an excuse to celebrate him. Many happy returns to you, from all at Wake Forest Press! Year After Year playing the tune over you’ve been cutting out the frills getting to…

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Poem of the Week:”The Second Voyage” by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Poem of the Week:”The Second Voyage” by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

“Seascape” by John Fraser National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London       It’s easy to compare Odysseus’ voyage to the voyage students undertake in college; whether a senior, junior, sophomore or freshman, those spiteful waves will rock you all year long. We mimic Odysseus as we fight against tests, illness, papers and uncomfortable experiences, and all…

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Poem of the Week: “Airports” by Leontia Flynn

Poem of the Week: “Airports” by Leontia Flynn

It’s Homecoming week at Wake Forest, so we have selected a poem for today which reflects on the liminality of travel. We wish a safe journey to all alumni making their way back toward their alma maters, be it via skyways or highways. Airports Airports are their own peculiar weather. Their lucid hallways ring like swimming pools. From each sealed lounge, a…

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Poem of the Week “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly

Poem of the Week “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly

“…bridges linking the past and future / old friends passing through with us still.” With the beginning of the school year, new interns, and an exciting new season in the publishing industry, we’re eager to see what’s ahead.  Therefore, here’s Brendan Kennelly’s poem “Begin” for your enjoyment this week. “Begin” Begin again to the summoning…

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The Stairwell cover release

The Stairwell cover release

We are delighted to share a teaser image of the cover from our upcoming release, Michael Longley’s tenth collection, The Stairwell. The cover’s aesthetic evokes a Greek vase, featuring an earthy color scheme, scroll work and, most prominently, an illustration by the poet’s daughter, Sarah Longley.  The illustration is a copy of a similar image from…

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When bad things happen to good books

When bad things happen to good books

To us, every box of newly-printed books that we receive at the Press is like a special gift opened under the Christmas tree. But from time to time, a box comes to us with minor or even major damage, and what are we to do? Why do bad things happen to good books? Unfortunately, we received a…

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Poem of the Week: “Pier” by Vona Groarke

Poem of the Week: “Pier” by Vona Groarke

Only a few weeks remain before students return to campus, and our hottest days seem to be behind us. As we desperately hang on to summer, we offer Vona Groarke’s poem, “Pier,” as a celebration of the freedom and elan that summertime allows. Pier Speak to our muscles of a need for joy.      …

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The “perfect acoustic” of The Stairwell

The “perfect acoustic” of The Stairwell

Few moments are more exciting at the Press than when we are getting started on a new book. This fall, we’ll publish Michael Longley’s tenth collection, The Stairwell, and preparations are well underway. We’ve done a first read, gathered the cover image and copy, and sent files off to the designer. The title of the book comes from the…

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The Falls Road: Carson’s childhood neighborhood

The Falls Road: Carson’s childhood neighborhood

WFUP poet Ciaran Carson, native of Belfast and resident still, has written intimately about his experiences in the most urban sections of the city. This week, The Irish Times published a review of a new book of photographs taken in the late 1960s through the 1970s on the Falls Road, a portion of Belfast known for violent clashes,…

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Poem of the Week: Away

Poem of the Week: Away

Away We have our own smallholding: persimmon tree, crawl space, stoop, red earth basement, ceiling fans, a job. Hours I’m not sure where I am, flitting through every amber between Gales and Drumcliffe Road. I paint woodwork the exact azure of a wave’s flipside out the back of Spiddal pier and any given morning pins…

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Poem of the Week: Let it Go

Poem of the Week: Let it Go

This time of year is usually devoted to graduation ceremonies, a celebration of taking the next step, whatever that may be.  Here’s to the next step. Congratulations to all of the graduates for the year of 2014. Let it Go Let it go Out of reach, out of sight, Out of the door and the window,…

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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

The temperature is high, the pollen is present, and graduation is just around the corner. However, with the arrival of springtime blossoms comes the departure of most of our staff. Interns Nicole, Maura, Amanda, Julie and Mike are all graduating, and Candide is retiring from Assistant Director. And while I feel inclined to use the…

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Poem of the Week: Punctuation by Ciaran Carson

Poem of the Week: Punctuation by Ciaran Carson

By Michael J. Bennett (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Punctuation This frosty night is jittering with lines and angles, invisible trajectories: Crackly, chalky diagrams in geometry, rubbed out the instant they’re sketched, But lingering in the head. The shots, the echoes, are like whips, and when you flinch, You don’t know where it’s coming from.  This…

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Poem of the Day: “Down” by Brendan Kennelly

Poem of the Day: “Down” by Brendan Kennelly

Today marks the end of National Poetry Month, and therefore the end of our daily poems. We hope you enjoyed the daily dose of poetry. And remember, even though National Poetry Month has ended, every day is a great time to support your favorite poets. Enjoy. “Down” by Brendan Kennelly, from The Essential Brendan Kennelly…

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“Getting Up Early” – by Brendan Kennelly

“Getting Up Early” – by Brendan Kennelly

“Getting Up Early” by Brendan Kennelly, From The Essential Brendan Kennelly Getting up early promises well; a milkhorse on the road induces thoughts of a sleeping world and a waking God. This hour has something sacred; bells will be ringing soon, but now I am content to watch the day begin to bloom. I would…

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Poem of the Day: Hotel by Medbh McGuckian

Poem of the Day: Hotel by Medbh McGuckian

  Hotel I think the detectable difference between winter and summer is a damsel who requires saving, a heroine half- asleep and measurably able to hear but hard to see, like the spaces between the birds when I turn back to the sky for another empty feeling I would bestow on her a name with a…

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Poem of the Day for National Poetry Month:

Poem of the Day for National Poetry Month:

“Pitch & Putt” by Conor O’Callaghan Its is the realm of men and boys joined in boredom, the way of life that sees one day on a par with the next and school breaks dragged out too long. Theirs is the hour killed slowly, the turn for home in diminishing threes and twos, the provisional…

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Poetry Month:”Scar” by Moya Cannon

Poetry Month:”Scar” by Moya Cannon

“Scar” by Moya Cannon Why does it affect and comfort me the little scar where, years ago, you cut your lip shaving when half drunk and in a hurry to play drums in public. We step now to rhythms we don’t own or understand, and, with blind, dog-like diligence, we hunt for scars in tender…

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Poetry Month with Paula Meehan

Poetry Month with Paula Meehan

It’s our favourite month of the year: April! …also known as National Poetry Month. Our campus stalls have already been graced with “potty poetry,” and we will continue celebrating online by posting even more poetry than usual. To start with, here is an enlightening poem about changing times and weary souls. Nomad Heart by Paula Meehan…

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Paula Meehan touring United States

Paula Meehan touring United States

Wake Forest University Press poet and  current Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan, has been charming audiences in the United States on her current reading tour. Earlier in March, Meehan appeared at HoCoPoLitSo’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Evening of Irish Music and Poetry. And on Thursday, April 3, Meehan will be reading at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. The reading…

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The Miraculous Máire Mhac an tSaoi

The Miraculous Máire Mhac an tSaoi

Wake Forest Press will publish The Miraculous Parish, a bilingual volume of Máire Mhac an tSaoi’s poetry this May. An activist and visionary, Mhac an tSaoi has paved the way for such female literary giants as Eavan Boland, Medbh McGuckian, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. The Miraculous Parish solidifies her reputation as the…

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Snow, Joyce and Voicemails: A Closer Look at Conor O’Callaghan’s “Three Six Five Zero”

Snow, Joyce and Voicemails: A Closer Look at Conor O’Callaghan’s “Three Six Five Zero”

Today’s snow-blanketed Wake Forest University campus. How does Conor O’Callaghan seamlessly connect a snowy North Carolinian landscape, James Joyce and voicemails? Ripe with isolation, introspection, recovery and renewal, O’Callaghan’s latest collection, The Sun King, whispers secrets and sings the emergence of light born of the soul’s darkest moments. Technology flashes in and out of The Sun King, yet O’Callaghan’s…

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Medbh McGuckian speaks about The High Caul Cap: “the cap is an end and a beginning”

Medbh McGuckian speaks about The High Caul Cap: “the cap is an end and a beginning”

In today’s Irish Echo, Peter McDermott interviews Medbh McGuckian on identity, inspiration, Seamus Heaney, and why she reads books upside down. McDermott’s article offers a glimpse into the poet’s thoughts behind her most recent book, The High Caul Cap, which WFUP published this past autumn. Here’s a link to the interview: McGuckian speaks candidly, revealing that the crux of the volume…

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Poetry By Heart

Poetry By Heart

Earlier this week, the Poetry Book Society (UK) announced that Sinéad Morrissey is the winner of the TS Eliot Poetry Prize. We published Morrissey in our first Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry and The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland. The Independent asks  Morrissey if she is in favor of students in school learning poetry by…

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Maura Holding Máire

……. …………………………………………………………………………………………….. We have just begun work on An paróiste míorúilteach/The Miraculous Parish, a book of selected poems by Irish language poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi. The first time we worked with her was for our Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry Volume 2, and we are honored and delighted to work with her again. This…

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Vona Groarke in The New Yorker

Vona Groarke in The New Yorker

The November 11 issue of The New Yorker includes Vona Groarke’s poem “The Landscapes of Vilhelm Hammershøi” on page 61. Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) was a Danish painter best known for his low-key, soft portraits and interiors. Enigmatic and secretive, his paintings were described as “highly traditional, but also distinctively modern” in the 2008 London Royal…

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Innocence Lost: “Boy-Soldier” by Michael Longley

Innocence Lost: “Boy-Soldier” by Michael Longley

“Child Soldier in the Ivory Coast, Africa” by Gilbert Ground Michael Longley’s recent poem, “Boy-Soldier”, was inspired by Irish author Tom McAlindon’s account of the death of WWI teenage soldier, Bobbie Kernaghan of Belfast. The images of young soldiers killed in war, of their tender necks pierced and their armor clattering to the ground link this…

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Poem of the Week: Ciaran Carson’s “Demotic Nocturne”

Poem of the Week: Ciaran Carson’s “Demotic Nocturne”

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a painting by John Martin (1789-1854) In the spirit of Halloween we offer Ciaran Carson’s “Demotic Nocturne”, a tantalizing and chilling nighttime adventure that takes the reader on a technicolor journey that “disperses all the boundaries of hearth and home”. “Demotic Nocturne” appears in Carson’s collection In the Light Of, translated from Rimbaud’s Illuminations.   Demotic Nocturne (Nocturne vulgaire) A…

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The Question of E-Publishing

The Question of E-Publishing

Over the past few weeks, our press has been researching new and (for us) largely unexplored markets. Like many publishers, we want to jump into the e-book game and start selling our content on numerous market places for nearly all devices. We do sell a few books in .pdf form via our Wake Forest University…

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A Sort of Homecoming

A Sort of Homecoming

There is something special about returning to a place that you call home, whether it is a childhood memory, a small town left many years ago, or even a country returned to after being abroad. It is the feeling of familiarity tinged with change; something is different even though so much remains in tact. Maybe…

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‘Tis the season for Poetry Readings

Everyone knows that poetry is best when listened to, so kick back, relax and belatedly celebrate National Poetry Day with some readings from our poets. Conor O’Callaghan reading “January Drought” from his newest collection, The Sun King. WFUP will publish the North American edition in December. Conor will be reading from The Sun King at the…

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Happy Belated Birthday Conor O’Callaghan

Happy Belated Birthday Conor O’Callaghan

“I toast my new age. I drink its tongue-roll, its wheel-whirr, on the road to Montecarlo. Quarantaquattro, quarantaquattro, quarantaquattro …” Conor O’Callaghan turned 45 on September 20th. All of us here at Wake Forest University Press toast Conor as he embarks on quarantecinque. The quote above is from The Pearl Works, a collection of 52…

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Dream Language

Dream Language

”                          …you swim from core state to fugue state in undirected milky water to a black-filled circle, which is your fully fledged city dwindled into a village” —          from “Broken Pot Used as Writing Material” Here at WFU Press we’re busy with the final…

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Today’s Lit. Crit.

Milk Could he have known that any stranger’s baby crying out loud in a street can start the flow? A stain that spreads on fustian or denim. This is kindness which in all our human time has refused to learn propriety, which still knows nothing but the depth of kinship, the depth of thirst. -Moya…

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Louis MacNeice: Collected Poems NY Times Book Review

Louis MacNeice: Collected Poems NY Times Book Review

In his New York Times Sunday Book Review of Louis MacNeice: Collected Poems, entitled “Free Range”, David Orr praises the palimpsestic nature of MaNeice’s final volume. There is a haunting quality, perhaps to do with MacNeice’s talent for refrain, which provides a chilling echo that permeates the soul and leaves the reader with lingering questions…

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Poem of the Week — “On Cutting One’s Finger While Reaching for Jasmine” by Medbh McGuckian

Poem of the Week — “On Cutting One’s Finger While Reaching for Jasmine” by Medbh McGuckian

(photo from flowersreview.blogspot.com ) “On Cutting One’s Finger While Reaching for Jasmine” She talked about the aboutness of life, the eternal false illumination of the leftover nights, her lavender- skirted self who paced around the tousled bedroom, the otherwise good you. She incessantly made Os, Os of all sizes, Os inside one another, always drawn backwards in…

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Fingers Crossed for Harry Clifton!

Fingers Crossed for Harry Clifton!

We’re delighted that Harry Clifton has been nominated for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award for 2013.   Clifton is nominated for The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass; he previously won this most prestigious award in 2008 for Secular Eden. Winners will be announced on Sept 7.  Stay tuned for the results! –Megan Latta

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Poem of the Week: "Landscape by Bus"

A poem by Justin Quinn, from the upcoming Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, volume III “Landscape by Bus” Look out the window–half A landscape, half its trees. Switch focus. Reflections of The rest float by on these. At sixty miles an hour The world’s being folded back Into a suitcase.  Where Oh where will I…

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“Legend of the Walled-up Wife” featured in “The Antioch Review”

“Legend of the Walled-up Wife” featured in “The Antioch Review”

The spring 2013 issue of The Antioch Review takes a thoughtful look at our recent volume, Legend of the Walled-up Wife, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s translations of Ileana Mălăncioiu’s poetry.  Written under the Ceaușescu regime, the book has dark, chilling imagery throughout and critic Benjamin S. Grossberg writes: “Mălăncioiu often blurs the line between life and death, creating the sense of…

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Happy World Poetry Day!!

Happy World Poetry Day!!

Today, all of us a Wake Forest University Press hope you’re enjoying World Poetry Day!! Our internet community has been helping us celebrate in many ways. First, we’re excited to see that The Poetry Project for poetry and art from Ireland has recently added a new project inspired by Paula Meehan’s “My Father Perceived as…

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Poetry Magazine Honors Dennis O’Driscoll

Poetry Magazine Honors Dennis O’Driscoll

The February issue of Poetry magazine, commemorates Dennis O’Driscoll, who passed away in December.  The inside cover features the first stanza of his poem “Tomorrow.” Tomorrow Tomorrow I will start to be happy. The morning will light up like a celebratory cigar. Sunbeams sprawling on the lawn will set dew sparkling like a cut-glass tumbler of…

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A Lil’ Bit of Lit. Crit.: “The Essential Brendan Kennelly”

A Lil’ Bit of Lit. Crit.: “The Essential Brendan Kennelly”

In their foreword to the Press’s fall publication of The Essential Brendan Kennelly, Terrence Brown and Michael Longley write that “Kennelly’s poetry is instinctively sociable, hospitable as it is the lives, voices, deeds and defining deaths of a host of characters.” Textually, this quality of Kennelly’s work leaps off the page through Kennelly’s written shifts…

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One of Those Days

Today is one of those days. One of those days when you wake up to a dark room and a gray sky. One of those days class seems especially unappealing, and getting out of bed is potentially the biggest struggle of the next 12 hours. It’s one of those days when rain’s sole purpose is…

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Defeated

A lack of food makes me cranky. I suffer from an extreme lack of energy and am easily defeated by any task assigned to me. Food makes it all better though. It is physical happiness and energy. We love food here at the Press. One of the easiest, yet hardest, questions asked of us interns…

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Jump All But One

Jump All But One

I’ve always made fun of people who quote hollow, old sayings. Forest Gump’s box of chocolates, Martin Luther King Jr.’s big dreams and Neil Armstrong’s promise to mankind (from the moon). Those old adages are so distant, so separate from our own lives. But sometimes — every so often — things get too hard to…

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Calling all Female Irish Artists

After what seemed like ages of proofreading the manuscript for the second edition of our Anthology of Irish Women’s Poetry, we sent the text to our designer yesterday. With a click of the send button, every person in the office breathed a collective sigh of relief. We had a brief moment of celebration, but our…

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Spring is finally here!

Spring is finally here!

After some strangely uncharacteristic cold weather, Winston-Salem is finally showing the signs of spring. As spring is my favorite time of the year, I am overjoyed that the possibility of cold and snow is long gone. Plus, any student will agree, that spring is by far the most beautiful and busiest time to be at Wake Forest….

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A Hundred Doors

Michael Longley’s new book A Hundred Doors is already getting rave reviews! Check out this great article in The Guardian about his latest book. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/mar/20/a-hundred-doors-michael-longley-review And here’s a sneak peak at one of the poems: A Hundred Doors God! I’m lighting candles again, still the sentimental atheist, family Names a kind of prayer or poem, my…

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St. Patrick's Day Plans?

Here at the press, the Wednesday interns are celebrating St. Patrick’s day a little early since we won’t be here tomorrow. Candide was nice enough to bring in Irish soda bread, Irish cheese, and some wonderful fresh strawberries! The Press used to have a huge week-long Irish festival featuring Irish dancers, and an Irish film…

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Wake Forest Book of of Irish Women’s Poetry

Wake Forest Book of of Irish Women’s Poetry

We are so excited for our new Women’s Anthology—which is not unexpected, we know how great it’s going to be given the hours upon hours we labor over fada placement and typos. Here at the press we are thrilled to announce our 2011 Women’s Anthology Tour, which will be in October in conjunction with the…

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