An innovative introduction to writing poetry designed for students of creative writing and budding poets alike. Challenges the reader’s sense of what is possible in a poem. Traces the history and highlights the potential of poetry. Focuses on the fundamental principles of poetic construction, such as: Who is speaking? Who are they speaking to? Why does their speaking take this form? Considers both experimental and mainstream approaches to contemporary poetry. Consists of fourteen chapters, making it suitable for use over one semester. Encourages readers to experiment with their poetry.
I am a poet from Dalkey, a coastal suburb towards the south of Dublin. As well as writing my own poems, I write a good deal about poetry, and my work has appeared in such places as the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, and The Irish Times. Currently, I work at the University of Liverpool, where I am a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.
I spent two years teaching at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to that I took a D. Phil in English Literature from the University of Oxford, and an M. A. from University College Dublin.
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