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 ñ whether conversational, caustic or solemn in tone ñ 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 ñ but who made his dÈbut ten years ago ñ 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.