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Book Title: Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing: "The Justice Issue"|
The author of the book: Chris Agee
Edition: IRISH PAGES
Date of issue: September 25th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780954425722
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IRISH PAGES is a biannual journal, edited in Belfast and publishing, in equal measure, writing from Ireland and overseas.
Its policy is to publish poetry, short fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, memoir, essay reviews, nature-writing, translated work, literary journalism, and other autobiographical, historical, religious and scientific writing of literary distinction. There are no standard reviews or narrowly academic articles. Irish Language and Ulster Scots writing are published in the original, with English translations or glosses.
IRISH PAGES is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, culturally ecumenical, and wholly independent journal. It seeks to create a novel literary space in the North adequate to the unfolding cultural potential of the new political dispensation. The magazine is cognisant of the need to reflect in its pages the various meshed levels of human relations: the regional (Ulster), the national (Ireland and Britain), the continental (the whole of Europe), and the global.
This issue features:
•Poetry and prose from Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Kathleen Jamie
•Wendell Berry on the aftermath of 9/11
•W. G Sebald's last poem
•New fiction by Micheál Ó Conghaile and Francis Harvey
•Sir Martin Rees on our cosmic habitat, and Samuel Menashe on remembrance
•Five essays by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc
•Dante in the English of Ciaran Carson
•Christian Salmon on the destruction of Palestine
•Translations from the Bosnian
•Essays on the inhumanism of Robinson Jeffers, and the false prospect of Cornucopia
•New poetry from John F. Deane, Eamon Grennan, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Michael Hamburger, Gerard Smyth, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Angus Calder and Greg Delanty & others
•PLUS: “Portraits of Artists”
A remarkable photographic portfolio
by John Minihan
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Read information about the authorChris 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 Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003) and The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Wake Forest University Press, 2008). He is currently completing a collection of essays, Journey to Bosnia. He reviews regularly for The Irish Times and is the Editor of Irish Pages, a journal of contemporary writing based at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast. He holds dual Irish and American citizenship, and spends part of each year at his house near Dubrovnik, in Croatia.
Next to Nothing was shortlisted for the first Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, funded by the Poet Laureate and organized by the Poetry Society in London.
On Next to Nothing:
“Strong and real and thought-through …
a masterful collection.”
John F. Deane
“It is a profound and exceptionally moving book. I haven’t read anything so powerful for a long time. I was left with a sense of both the fragility and the huge importance of the here and now, as well as with an expanded sense of poetry’s capacity.”
“Next to Nothing chronicles the years after the death of his four-year-old daughter, Miriam Aoife in a series of episodic, technically perfect and pitch-reticent lyrics. For this poet, grief crashes upon the shore of language in three distinct waves: a series of brilliant couplets, a series of minimalist, impressionistic lyrics and a series of more discursive, muscular stanzas. The whole enterprise adds up to something beyond lyric poems … a work that breaks through the barriers of literature to become something more, a palliative journal,
a chronicle of the heroism of lost parenthood, a handbook for the bereaved.”
Thomas McCarthy, The Irish Times
“[It] is the most compelling book of poems I have read for years … a very significant, permanent tribute to Miriam, and representation of her. She joins the son who was Ben Jonson’s best piece of work.”
“2009 has given us some terrific poetry, but the book I will remember most from this year is Chris Agee’s Next to Nothing.
A profoundly personal response to the death of Agee’s four-year-old daughter in 2001, Agee’s sparse, careful, disciplined word-choices unite technical brilliance with emotional intensity; the work echoes with a sense of loss, but it is anything but Nothing. In fact, I think, Next to Nothing bears close comparison, in both subject matter and execution, to CS Lewis’s A Grief Observed.
William Crawley, BBC