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'Capital' at Irish Museum of Modern Art

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On Saturday 5 September I will present a new long poem with title 'Capital' at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). This is part of a programme of events for The People's Pavilion installation, a public outdoor space located on the museum's front lawn where people can meet safely in specially designed social distancing circles. From the event description: 'Capital' is a polyphonic poem composed of fragments of text from unattributed reviews of establishments on Talbot Street, publicly available on Google Maps. It has its roots in Makris’s longstanding interest in the shifts in language use, communication and identity brought about by digital media, and their implication on poetic discourse. The poem maps the street through the kind of public-private writing prevalent online (the reviews often stray into personal anecdote). Its documentary and fragmentary nature also responds to the early post-Covid conditions, our toggling between 'real' and online g

'this is no longer entertainment' reviewed on PANK Magazine

A review of this is no longer entertainment  appeared on PANK Magazine  last week, written by Hayden Bergman - poet, translator and Books Editor at  The Literary Review. Founded in 2006 by M. Bartley Seigel and Roxane Gay, PANK Magazine is a US literary magazine "fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers". It is currently edited by Jessica Fischoff and Chris Campanioni with a remit to "advance the original vision of the founding editors and the rich history that’s published so many innovative voices". In his review Bergman names some of the subject areas the book covers and writes that "it does so in an acrobatic manner, darting between poetic registers, code-switching from satire to sentiment". He considers it being marked by collisions of ideological extremes, and comments: "Makris writes in a way that takes note of the pleasures and pitfalls of extrem