THE WORD ARK is a pocket-sized, 146-page anthology of poems responding to our fellow creatures, great and small, published at a time when not only the animal kingdom but the world at large is beset by dangers on an unprecedented scale. It is, in the words of its editor Pat Boran, “An invitation to look more intently at the world beyond ourselves, an external balance to our inner turmoil.”
Featuring contributions from 45 poets – including Paula Meehan, Patrick Deeley, Paddy Bushe, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Francis Harvey, Mark Roper, Eva Bourke and Boran himself – and beautifully illustrated by the editor’s’s father-in-law, Sicilian artist Gaetano Tranchino (see www.gaetanotranchino.com) The Word Ark is a highly personal and timely response to a crisis, and an opportunity in these troubling times to love, laud and celebrate.
I greatly welcome this timely publication and the images of the animals we share our surroundings with, as presented by the poets, who see the world of nature in a very clear way indeed.
— Éanna Ní Lamhna, biologist, author, broadcaster
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS:
Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Eva Bourke, Paddy Bushe, Conor Carville, Inger Christensen, Marie Coveney, Enda Coyle-Greene, Catherine Ann Cullen, Pádraig J Daly, Patrick Deeley, Theo Dorgan, Katherine Duffy, Erin Fornoff, Matthew Geden, Ray Givans, Francis Harvey, Eleanor Hooker, Patrick Kehoe, John Kelly, Tom Mathews, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Philip McDonagh, Iggy McGovern, Paula Meehan, Mary Montague, Aidan Murphy, Gerry Murphy, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Peggy O’Brien, John O’Donnell, Mary O’Donoghue, Paul Perry, Leeanne Quinn, Ger Reidy, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Ross Thompson, Richard Tillinghast, Jessica Traynor, Grace Wells, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods and Enda Wyley.