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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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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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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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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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‘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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Chilling with Vona

Chilling with Vona

Lonely, I’m so lonely. I’m the only one working at the Press today, with Candide in Georgia and everyone else doing what they do on Fridays.  Luckily I’m not completely alone.  I’ve got Vona Groarke right here next to me.  On my lap, actually.  The never-ending process of proofing for our new anthology has made…

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Spindrift

Spindrift

Today is a sad day. Not only is it raining and the middle of midterm exams, but the afternoon at the press, I’ve come to realize that book reviewers are a dying breed. Once a set feature in every major publication, the book review has gone by the wayside. Even more so, poetry reviews have…

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