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First Light

Authors: Chris Agee

Published by Dedalus Press

ISBN: 9781904556022

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"First Light is very fine work indeed. Agee seems to have hit that fine balance between allusiveness and clarity, and formal control and spontaneity, that so few poets manage nowadays"
Don Paterson

"This is outstanding, mysterious, and beautiful work, and it deserves an American audience."
Emerson Blake

Chris Agee was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University, where he studied with the poet and translator Robert Fitzgerald. He has lived in Ireland since 1979. He is the author of two books of poems, In The New Hampshire Woods (1992) and First Light (2003). He is also editor of Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe Books, 1998, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation) and Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (2003). He teaches at The Open University in Ireland and edits Irish Pages, a journal of contemporary writing based at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast. In the spring of 2003, he was an International Writing Fellow at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He reviews for The Irish Times and is currently completing a new collection of poems, Next to Nothing.
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