I was pleased to be invited by current editor Vona Groarke to contribute to a special issue of Poetry Ireland Review titled 'The Rising Generation'.
Much like The Poetry Book Society UK’s Next Generation Poets, which is published once a decade, Poetry Ireland Review 118: The Rising Generation (April 2016) aims to offer "the most comprehensive, insightful and enjoyable overview of what we can expect of Irish poetry in the coming times." To this end, Groarke selected thirty-six poets who published a first book or pamphlet in the past five years, with each poet represented by two pages of new poetry and their responses to a wide-ranging and generally light-spirited questionnaire.
My poetry contribution consists of two excerpts ('trying to cook breakfast...' and 'In '87 Huey Lewis...') from a book-length work-in-progress composed using appropriative processes.
Groarke writes in her editorial: "I also acknowledge, as anthologists must, that in time this selection may look fusty or airy; that I may have gotten it all wrong, (there, I’ve said it), and that in twenty-five years, the poets who will have made a difference are not those featured here. It’s possible, but I doubt it. I believe there’s good and exciting work here, work that will continue to be honoured and enjoyed in all its many shades."
The list of 'The Rising Generation' poets includes several friends and people I've worked with in one form or another, as well as one or two names new to me:
Graham Allen, Tara Bergin, Dylan Brennan, Sarah Clancy, Jane Clarke, Adam Crothers, Paula Cunningham, Ailbhe Darcy, Martin Dyar, Elaine Gaston, Eleanor Hooker, Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Victoria Kennefick, Marcus Mac Conghail, Robert Herbert McClean, Afric McGlinchey, Jim Maguire, Christodoulos Makris, Geraldine Mitchell, Julie Morrissy, Emma Must, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Rebecca O'Connor, Ciarán O'Rourke, Michelle O'Sullivan, Breda Wall Ryan, Stephen Sexton, Michael Naghten Shanks, Róisín Tierney, Jessica Traynor, Eoghan Walls, Adam White, Adam Wyeth.
Poetry Ireland Review 118: The Rising Generation is available to order directly from Poetry Ireland.