In lyric poems, satires, and flash fictions, Wall engages robustly and ironically with the contemporary American and Irish worlds. He explores the lives of individuals hidden from society’s gaze, forced to live on the margins of American and Irish societies. At the same time, Sailing Lake Mareotis displays Wall’s intense engagement with and celebration of the living space we all share and offers up tender lyric poems to family and the natural world.
“His poems are charged with a thoroughly contemporary and a profoundly literary awareness of what it means to be Irish, and a writer in America.”
Kathleen McCracken, Poetry Ireland Review
A native of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Eamonn Wall emigrated to the US in 1982, where he is currently Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of five other collections of poetry, most recently A Tour of Your Country (2008), all published by Salmon Poetry. His essays, articles and reviews of Irish, Irish American, and American writers have appeared in the Irish Times, the Irish Literary Supplement, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and many other journals on both sides of the Atlantic.