KICKING OFF A VERY STRONG YEAR of new publications, on Tuesday 4th February, 2020 at Poetry Ireland we present the launch of no fewer than five new books:
Double Vision is the umbrella name for two new books by Paddy Bushe; Peripheral Vision is his latest in English, while Second Sight represents the poet’s own selection from three previous Irish language collections (published by Coiscéim), presented here in a dual-language format with accompanying translations by the poet himself. The books are issued as two standalone paperbacks or in a single hardback edition.
Indigo, Electric, Baby is the intriguingly titled, highly lyrical third collection from Patrick Kavanagh Award winner Enda Coyle-Greene.
The Humours of Nothingness, meanwhile, is the latest missive (or should that be missile?) from Cork’s uncrowned Poet Laureate Gerry Murphy, which will also receive a blessing in our southern capital that same week, on Thursday 6th February, at the ever-hospitable Waterstone’s bookshop.
And, finally, The Sundays of Eternity is Gerard Smyth’s tenth collection and, as one poem has it, plays a kind of ‘catch and throw’ with the past.
Later in the year we look forward to, among others, the second collection from Leeanne Quinn, the English language debut of Russian-born Polina Cosgrave (one of the contributors to 2019’s Writing Home anthology, the much-anticipated Selected Poems of Paula Meehan, and an anthology of 100 classical Japanese poems, translated by Nell Regan and James Hadley.
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To coincide with the launch of her new collection of poems, Geomantic, we link here to a recording of a wide-ranging conversation between the poet and UCD Adjunct Professor Jody Allen Randolph, in an event that took place at The National Library of Ireland, in April 2016, during the course of which Meehan reads and discusses many of the poems in the book.
Jessica Traynor reads the title poem from her 2014 Dedalus Press debut collection, Liffey Swim, in the UCD Library Special Collections Reading Room. The poem also features in the 2014 Dedalus anthology, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song.
The late Francis Harvey reads one of his best known poems, ‘Elegy for the Islanders’, recorded at the launch of Collected Poems in Dublin’s Damer hall in 2007.