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The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland

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The New North is a landmark anthology of contemporary poetry from Northern Ireland with a wide-ranging introduction that gives the reader valuable historical perspective into political and cultural contexts. A brief selection of classic poems by more established authors introduces the featured poets (born between 1956 and 1975); together they represent the past and future ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Wake Forest University Press
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Rory Armstrong
Sep 25, 2016 Rory Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Even better than I expected! I was a bit skeptical about this collection including the 'classic poems' but it works well as an anchor point for the newer poets collections.
Some of it I loved and some of it I didn't so much, but that is to be expected with a collection of this many poets. I borrowed it from the Library (Pick it up if you're in Northern Ireland, well worth it!) and will be looking to purchase it and re-read next year.
Recommend to anyone curious about Northern Irish poetry, you wo
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Diann Blakely
Seamus Heaney is one of a long line of poets to graduate from—and teach at—Queens University in Belfast, and he might be called the grandfather of THE NEW NORTH, an impressive anthology edited by Chris Agee and recently published by the premier house for Irish poetry in this country, Wake Forest University Press. The collection intersplices, with the work of younger poets, several “seniors,” from Heaney to his students Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian, as well as Ciaran Carson, whose signature ...more
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An interesting read, yet with conspicuous disproportions in poetry selections: there might be scores of perfectly valid reasons (starting with honorariums, ending with a decision to highlight the less known works) for why, say, Heaney is represented with only 3 poems, while lesser poets get about 10, but it still looks odd.
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Chris Agee was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University and since 1979 has lived in Ireland. He is the author of three books of poems, In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press, 1992), First Light (The Dedalus Press, 2003) and Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), as well as the editor of Scar on the Stone: Contemporary ...more
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