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Poetry and Cultures of Feedback

My short essay 'Poetry and Cultures of Feedback', which discusses some of the impulses, concepts, processes and influences behind my book this is no longer entertainment, was published in The Irish Times on 9 May 2019.

Read 'Poetry and Cultures of Feedback'.

Fragments from the essay while in progress were previously presented as elements in two performative, audience-participation papers I gave at two separate conferences: Gestures (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 15 February 2019), and Text / Sound / Performance (University College Dublin, 25 April 2019).

Thanks to Martin Doyle, Books Editor at The Irish Times, for publishing the essay.

Field Guide to Experimental Irish Literature at Irish Arts Centre, NYC

Earlier this year I contributed an excerpt from my new long poem 'Capital' (the full poem will be published in the forthcoming Dublin edition in the Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities series of anthologies) to the Field Guide to Experimental Irish Literature, a project and exhibition by New York artist Dannielle Tegeder in the Irish Arts Center in New York City.

For this project, subtitled 'Drawing Room' and active 11 January - 7 April 2019, "Dannielle Tegeder reached out to select contemporary Irish poets, asking them to contribute a work of theirs, in some way evoking or thematically related to Ireland. Using sheets of archival paper printed with these pieces, Tegeder has begun - and will continue - responding to their words through abstract drawing and collage. The exhibition will have several different iterations, changing and evolving as new collaborations between artist and poet emerge.

"Tegeder found inspiration for this abstracted anthology of experimental Ir…

Words Lightly Spoken (Ep. 23)

For episode 23 of Words Lightly Spoken, a weekly podcast of poetry from Ireland, I read section 5 from my book this is no longer entertainment.

This section of the book is a borderless prose piece composed of fragments from 'below-the-line' commentary on an online article from 2016 that featured testimonies by young mother refugees to the US and Europe.



Each episode of Words Lightly Spoken features one poem read by the poet, with a short introduction. Poets previously featured in the series include Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Ailbhe Darcy, Paul Perry, Paul Muldoon and Anamaría Crowe Serrano.

Words Lightly Spoken is produced by Claire Cunningham and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The podcast series is available on the Poetry Ireland website, on i-tunes, Spotify, and other platforms.

Poems for Patience at Galway University Hospitals

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The poem 'Search Engine' from my 2015 book The Architecture of Chance was selected for exhibition as part of the 'Poems for Patience' project at Galway University Hospitals earlier this year.

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust launched 'Poems for Patience' during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in 2004, and it has since become an annual event. Twenty poems are published in poster format to be displayed across the waiting room network of the hospitals, and poets featured have included Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Galway Kinnell and Celia de Fréine among others.

A poet reading at each year's Cúirt Festival is invited to select the poems, and in 2019 Ailbhe Darcy made the selection. My poem is accompanied by others from an eclectic range of contemporary and historical, avant-garde and literary poets, including Miriam Gamble, Marianne Moore, Trevor Joyce, Jennifer L. Knox, Aifric Mac Aodha, Muriel Rukeyser, Zaffar Kunial, and Tara Bergin.

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Irish University Review (Vol 49, No. 1)

Two new poems of mine from an emerging cycle are featured in the latest issue of Irish University Review (Spring / Summer 2019) - a special issue focusing on Food, Energy, Climate, Irish Culture and World-Ecology.

The Irish University Review was founded in 1970 at University College Dublin as a journal of Irish literary criticism. Since then it has become the leading global journal of Irish literary studies. It is affiliated to the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures and it is published by Edinburgh University Press.

The current editor of Irish University Review is Emilie Pine - though the issue in question is guest-edited by Lucy Collins and Sharae Deckard.

In addition to my two poems 'doctrine' and 'the risk', Lucy Collins in her article 'If that's not a shock to the system I don't know what' offers an introduction to my work and a discerning reading of the two published poems, describing them as "poems of contemporary cr…