I take special pleasure in announcing the publication of my new poetry collection, enditem., published with Beir Bua Press on New Year’s Day of this year. It’s not every year, let alone every day, that I have the good luck to publish a collection, and so I take it as an auspicious occasion which I am happy to share here. So forgive me if I put research news on hold for this!
A new poetry collection from a troubled corpus
The collection is particular, stemming from a period when, in order to make ends meet, I worked as a freelance journalist covering European affairs. It was a time in which the European continent and its political union were entering into overlapping crises, and the rhetoric of leaders and political actors reached a pitch that felt palpable.
In my reporting, I was generally called upon to write what was said, what was voted upon, what actions were being taken. Over time and increasingly, it was work that made me feel increasingly ineffectual, compromised, and even complicit. How many times had I written and reported that someone important had declared it was time to take action?
The text in enditem. is drawn from a reworking of the corpus of my writing from that time – ripped up, rewound, regurgitated – using adapted modernist and avant garde techniques in order to create poems that, I think, speak to the violence permeating our politics. In this way, I see the book as both testimony and confession, disavowal and reappropriation.
A poem from the book
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It makes me very happy that I can bring enditem. to print with Beir Bua Press, a young and exciting Irish publisher of experimental literature and poetry.
I admire the writers Beir Bua has been publishing, and working with founding editor Michelle Moloney King has been a great experience. Besides allowing me to present the poetry in exactly the form I wished, King created a visual poem in response to my work, the wild, gorgeous imagery that graces the cover.
Beir Bua is Irish for bring victory, and if we reinterpret that statement away from war and competition, I think it’s exactly the sign under which I most want to publish now. Bring success, bring joy, bring meaning, bring your work. This is what I hear, and one of many reasons I decided to go with this publisher.
Where to buy the book
Copies of enditem. are available for global distribution thanks to the Lulu platform. It will soon be available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and other major online retailers, but it does support Beir Bua Press more to order directly from Lulu.com.
Please check out the book listing on the press website!
A free online book launch
To celebrate the launch, I will be reading on Friday, the 27th of January, at 8pm GMT with fellow Beir Bua Press poet Oisín Breen, who also published a new book this month.