Selina Guinness (ed.)

The new Irish poets

Bloodaxe books

Tarset (UK), 2004

bibliothèque insulaire
parutions 2004
The new Irish poets / ed. by Selina Guinness. - Tarset (Northumberland) : Bloodaxe books, 2004. - 336 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN 1-85224-673-1

DESCRIPTION : The New Irish Poets is a landmark anthology of the newest generation of Irish writers now making their mark in poetry at the start of the 21st century.

Selina Guinness's lively selection covers over 30 poets of all ages from all parts of Ireland who've produced first collections over the past ten years, offering rare insights into how the freshest writing talents have responded to a period of profound social, cultural and political change in the Republic and in Northern Ireland.

Dynamic and confident in their diverse voices — whether conversational, caustic or solemn in tone — these poets open up the world to unexpected horizons, unsuspected pleasures and surprising conclusions. The book supplies a new measure for Ireland in the coming times.

The New Irish Poets features all of the prominent new poets who've received major awards and international critical recognition as well as giving a platform to less well-known new writers published by small presses. Illustrated with photographs and helpful editorial commentaries, the book includes a parallel-text selection of poems by three new Irish-language poets.

Nearly half the writers are women, and there's a broad mix of young and old, ranging from Fergus Allen, now in his 80s — but who made his début ten years ago — to the youngest, Leanne O'Sullivan, who is only 21 : her first collection Waiting for Her Clothes is published by Bloodaxe at the same time as this anthology.

With its wide-ranging, up-to-the-minute selections, The New Irish Poets bears witness to the amazing growth and flowering of contemporary Irish poetry over the past decade.

Selina Guinness was born in 1970 and educated at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford. She lectures in Irish Literature at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire. She completed her D.Phil on occultism, cultural nationalism and the Irish Literary Revival and co-edited a scholarly edition of the manuscripts of Yeat's The Resurrection  for Cornell University Press. She is a regular reviewer of contemporary poetry for newspapers and magazines, including The Irish Times and Metre. Her memoir, The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family (Penguin Ireland, 2012), was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award.

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Selina Guinness (ed.) : The new Irish poets