"Be ready to puncture that inner ear,
it is no longer needed.
Brace yourself for commotion."
- The longing of the bees, Siobhan Campbell
Inside History: Eavan Boland (Arlen House)
The first major commissioned book of essays on the work of this leading poet
eds Siobhan Campbell & Nessa O'Mahony
Arlen House/Syracuse University Press
Essays by Jody Allen Randolph, Patricia Boyle Haberstroh, Lucy Collins, Gerald Dawe, Péter Dolmányos, Thomas McCarthy, Nigel McLoughlin, Christine Murray, Gerard Smyth, Colm Tóibín and Eamonn Wall.
Poetry from Moya Cannon, Katie Donovan, Thomas Kinsella, Michael Longley, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Sinead Morrissey, Paul Muldoon, Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Jean O’Brien.
Heat Signature (Seren Press)
Poet/Critic Dai George said at the London launch of Heat Signature:
‘The qualities I admire in Siobhan’s work have to do with the question of how we handle the weight of history in poetry, the social history of a particular community, but also that swirling brew of anecdote and myth that makes up an individual’s or a family history. Siobhan’s project both emerges from Heaney’s seminal Irish brand of inheritance poetry and also fiercely resists that idiom like the work of Carson, Muldoon and McGuckian before her. It’s about getting rid of the calcified and complacent tropes that we too readily rely upon… Heat Signature is a collection for busting myths, though its method is always exploratory and imagistic... never didactic. Siobhan asks us to remember properly, but also to move beyond remembrance, to imagine alternatives and futures. Heat Signature spells out the great dividend of this rigorous, attentive, less-deceived approach. As Jackie Kay said at the Michael Marks award, “Siobhan Campbell leads us up a garden path and then swerves into a completely different garden!” ‘
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