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The Architecture of Chance on 'Books of the Year' lists

It's fortifying as well as really pleasing to see that The Architecture of Chance has found its way onto a couple of separate and quite different 'Books of the Year' lists: In his post 'Top Reads of 2015'  on  3:AM Magazine  - something of an annual tradition among the magazine's editors - SJ Fowler includes the book in wonderful company, describing it  as "the future of a poetry which reflects our world of language without dispensing with the expressionistic skill of interpreting that language". And on the 14 December edition of RTÉ Radio's flagship arts programme Arena , Dave Lordan named it as one of five 'Favourite Poetry Books of the Year' from Ireland, commenting: "a very refreshing use of material found on the internet, of signage found around the city ... to shape into poems which make us wonder: is it us that speak words, or is it words that speak us?" The relevant section is available to listen back on the Arena w

RTÉ Poetry Programme

I recently discussed my book  The Architecture of Chance  and themes & ideas connected to it with presenter Rick O'Shea for the RTÉ Poetry Programme - a half hour show dedicated to contemporary poetry broadcast weekly on Ireland's national radio channel - reading some pieces from it in the process. Of particular interest to Rick was 'Chances Are' as an ever-moving, mass-collaboration poem that anyone can contribute to, wittingly or not, and its appearance in the book as HTML code. We have @c_makris on the show. Send a tweet with the word "chance" in it and then go here: https://t.co/Q3FOrUfNF0 pic.twitter.com/EJcSL904qk — RTÉ Poetry Programme (@PoetryProgRTE) December 10, 2015 The interview was broadcast on last Saturday's (12 December) edition, which can be played back via the programme's page on the RTÉ website (my section starts around the 9:30 mark). Also featured on the same show  were Eleanor Hooker and Moya Cannon; there was also

Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis

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Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis  is a timely and powerful new anthology in English offering "a poetic reply to the social and economic disaster which still threatens to overturn the whole European project." Edited by Theodoros Chiotis and published by Penned In The Margins, it features some of the most daring new voices in Greek poetry as well as international poets with Greek connections, with work that "explores the gradual, often violent, modification of personal and collective identity in a time of crisis." I'm very happy to be contributing to Futures  with 'Civilisation's Golden Dawn: A Slide Show', taken from my book  The Architecture of Chance . The anthology features poems written directly in English or in translation from the Greek, with the contributors' list including many exceptional poets such as Tom Chivers, Emily Critchley, Katerina Iliopoulou, Sophie Mayer, Eftychia Panagiotou, Eleni Sikelianos, A.E. Stallings, George Ttoo