Irish Times Poetry Now shortlist
The Irish Times Poetry Now shortlist has been announced, with some great voices competing for the award. Though not as familiar as I’d like to be with Ciaran Carson’s For All We Know, Derek Mahon’s Life On Earth or Pearse Hutchinson’s At Least For A While, I can vouch for Colette Bryce’s sensitive and subtle Self Portrait In The Dark – “he taps against the glass / all Marcel Marceau / in the wall that is there but not there, / a circumstance I know” – and Leontia Flynn’s smart and conscious Drives – “I cannot find Rome. There is too much Rome in Rome.” Judges Kit Fryatt, Sean O’Brien and Joseph Woods have their work cut out for them and some great reading ahead. May the best poet win.