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Irish Experimental Poetry

Irish University Review Volume 46, Issue 1

Edited by David Lloyd

Irish Experimental Poetry showcases a distinctive and vital body of poetry produced in contemporary Ireland which is modernist and innovative in style, and internationalist in outlook. The volume contains original poems by Maurice Scully, Trevor Joyce, Catherine Walsh, Billy Mills, Fergal Gaynor, and Sarah Hayden, and twelve new essays which explore and elucidate this hidden history of experimental poetry in Ireland.



Notes on Contributors

Trevor Joyce Michael Smith: A Brief Tribute
Michael Smith Translation & Reality: A Letter to the Poet Trevor Joyce
David Lloyd Introduction: On Irish Experimental Poetry
Francis Hutton-Williams Against Irish Modernism: Towards an Analysis of Experimental Irish Poetry
Geoffrey Squires Modernism, Empiricism, and Rationalism
J.C.C. Mays The Third Walker
Alex Davis Paper & Place: The Poetry of Billy Mills
Claire Bracken Nomadic Ethics: Gender and Class in Catherine Walsh’s City West
Kit Fryatt The Poetics of Elegy in Maurice Scully’s Humming
Romana Huk ‘Out Past / Self-Dramatization’: Maurice Scully’s Several Dances
Niamh O’Mahony ‘Releasing the Chaos of Energies’: Communicating the Concurrences in Trevor Joyce’s Appropriative Poems
Marthine Satris Codex Vitae: The Material Poetics of Randolph Healy’s ‘Arbor Vitae’
Kenneth Keating Repetition and Alterity: Geoffrey Squires’s ‘texts for screen’
James Cummins ‘The history of Ireland he knew before he went to school’: The Irish Tom Raworth
Rachel Warriner Image and Witness in Maggie O’Sullivan’s A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts and POINT.BLANK.RANGE

Maurice Scully Key Dance
Trevor Joyce The Stone Master
Fergal Gaynor The Octagon
Sarah Hayden Untitled Poems
Billy Mills The City Itself
Catherine Walsh barbaric additions

About the Author

David Lloyd is Distinguished Professor of English at U.C. Riverside and works on Irish culture and on postcolonial, cultural and aesthetic theory. His books include Irish Times: Temporalities of Irish Modernity (2008) and Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity: The Transformation of Oral Space (2011). He is also a poet and playwright: Arc & Sill: Poems 1979-2009 appeared with Shearsman Books (2012); his play, The Press, premiered at Liverpool Hope University in 2010.

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