The new Honest Ulsterman is out today. I interview Ingrid Casey and Rachel Coventry about their debut collections, Casey's Mandible (The Onslaught Press), and Coventry's Afternoon Drinking in The Jolly Butchers (Salmon Poetry).
Sometimes, when you're formulating interview questions, you already kind of half-know the answer yourself, but you want to help illuminate something to the potential reader. In both these cases, I was delightfully surprised and informed by the answers throughout, giving me a great appreciation of both works. Ingrid and Rachel's responses are much appreciated.
Poems of mine are featured are in special milestone issues of three Irish literary journals being released over the next two months.
'Alt', the 15th anniversary edition of Abridged, invited poets to revisit a past poem of theirs, and revise, redraft, reconstruct (or indeed, deconstruct), considering "the infinity possibility of further modification". The issue also features a listing of all Abridged publications, exhibitions and participants since 2004. Kudos to Gregory McCartney and Susanna Galbraith for being at the helm of such a consistently stunning journal for so long.
The 25th issue of Boyne Berries launches at the Trim Poetry Festival on 15th March, featuring my poem Three Losses'. And the gorgeous edition of the 50th Crannóg includes my poem 'Baptismal', a kind of sister-poem to 'Bird-Bathing' from the collection 'the x of y'.
Thursday 8th Aug, 8pm
Eastside Arts Centre, Eastside Vistors Centre, Belfast
Book Launch: The Dogs of Humanity
Saturday 31st Aug, 3pm
Music In Mind Festival - Poetry NI Showcase
Friday 6th Sept, 3pm
Black Box, Belfast
Bounce! Festival - Poetry NI Showcase
Saturday 7th Sept, 3pm
Intercontinental Poetry Summit with Ali Whitelock
Colin acknowledges the kind support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through their Arts Career Enhancement Scheme and Support for the Individual Artist Programme.
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