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November 2 - 4

  

Each day this week we're sharing poems by Ireland's top contemporary poets. This week-long celebration will culminate November 2-4 with IAC PoetryFest 2012, our fourth annual festival featuring ten poets presenting their work at IAC, with a special tribute to the distinguished and influential poet John Montague.


 

Poems-of-the-Day

Monday, October 29

 

Slow Set

by Ciarán Berry

 

I want to wear, again, stonewashed denim and snatch

a tenner from my mother's leather purse. I want to take

the bus to the next town, my stomach full of elephant hawk moths.

Let the boy beside me be drunk on rum and coke

and Angus Young. Let moonlight scuff the twisting tarmacadam

and the wheels turn as the tape deck plays Now 7.

Give me a cloakroom ticket for my bomber jacket.

From the vending machine, give me ten John Player Blue.

Let the air be laced with hairspray, dry ice, spilled booze.

Let the DJ speak like he was raised in Malibu.

I want to be the one you press against the pebbledash,

the one your brothers threaten if I ever do you harm.

I want to hold your hips for a three song slow set

and whisper in your ear please let me walk you home.

 

Inappropriate Dreams

by Brenda Shaughnessy

 

 

I can't tell you

how often.

 

You in the grocery store
embarrassing 

 

everyone with
the lettuce.

 

Elsewhere, food
in the file folders.

 

It's not supposed to
be there, get it?

Another time you
were rolling down a hill

like a blueberry
rolling toward

me, a bear who will
eat anything

this time of year
but wants

just you. Then
you are not you but

the plum of a pebble
that I skipped

into the lake
and found somehow

night after night.

 


 
Don't miss Ciarán Berry and Brenda Shaughnessy at IAC PoetryFest 2012 Saturday November 3 at 2 pm.
 
Check in each day this week to read works by featured writers of IAC PoetryFest 2012, including: Ciarán Berry, Anne Carson, Timothy Donnelly, Theo Dorgan, John Montague, Mary O'Malley, Leanne O'Sullivan, Galway Kinnell, Brenda Shaughnessy and C. K. Williams.

About the Poets:

Ciarán Berry was born in Dublin in 1971 and has spent the last decade living, writing and teaching in the U.S. His first collection, The Sphere of Birds, was published by The Gallery Press in 2008 and won the Crab Orchard and Jerwood Aldeburgh prizes as well as being shortlisted for the Strong Award. His work has also been featured in The Best of Irish Poetry, Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize Best of the Small Presses, and in journals including AGNI, The Threepenny Review, The Missouri Review, and Poetry Ireland. He is Director of Creative Writing at Trinity College, Hartford.

 

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1970 and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999). Her poems have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and elsewhere. She is Poetry Editor-at-large of Tin House magazine and is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark. 

Literature

 IAC logo

in association with

in association with Poetry Society of America and Poetry Ireland

presents   

 

November 2 - 4

 

We celebrate the fourth annual IAC PoetryFest by expanding our offerings and growing the line-up of terrific energies at work in and around contemporary Irish poetry. This year, the festival reaches exciting new horizons, as it considers the rich relationships between Irish poets and their peers and counterparts in the American scene.

 

IAC PoetryFest 2012 features a special tribute to the distinguished and influential poet John Montague.

 

Featured poets: Ciarán Berry, Anne Carson, Timothy Donnelly, Theo Dorgan, John Montague, Mary O'Malley, Leanne O'Sullivan, Galway Kinnell, Brenda Shaughnessy and C. K. Williams

 

Curated by Belinda McKeon and Aengus Woods

  

Friday, November 2

 

Favorite Poems
Hosted by Alice Quinn, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America

8 pm 

We once again launch the festival with Favorite Poems, featuring those influential, best-loved works, personally chosen and read by participating poets and special guests.

 

Admission: $10 non-member / $8 member

Free for Sponsor ($125) members and higher

irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

  

Saturday, November 3

 

Reading | Ciaran Berry and Brenda Shaughnessy | 2 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111 

 

Reading | Mary O'Malley and Timothy Donnelly | 4 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

Reading | Theo Dorgan and Galway Kinnell | 6 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

Sunday, November 4

 

Reading | Anne Carson and Leanne O'Sullivan | 1 pm

Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

A Tribute to John Montague

 

Poets in Conversation | John Montague in conversation

 with Theo Dorgan | 3 pm

 

Admission: $10 non-member / $8 IAC and PSA member

Free for Sponsor ($125) members and higher 

irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

Reading | John Montague and C. K. Williams | 5 pm

Meet the Poets and book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

 

Admission: $10 non-member / $8 IAC and PSA member

Free for Sponsor ($125) members and higher

irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

 Want to come to both events with John Montague? Purchase A Tribute to John Montague Pass here.

  

More details: www.irishartscenter.org or 866-811-4111

 

With assistance from W.B. Yeats Society of New York

  

This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.


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Irish Arts Center programs are supported in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America in 2011; the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.