In this book, Eric Falci reshapes the story of Irish poetry since the 1960s. He shows how polemical arguments concerning the role of poetry in 1960s Ireland evolve into a set of formal and compositional strategies for emerging Irish poets in the mid 1970s and beyond. His study presents a cohesive picture of the relationship between Northern Irish poetry from the Republic of Ireland since World War II and traces the lineage of lyric practice from a unique historical perspective. At the same time, it recontextualizes late twentieth-century Irish poetry within the long Irish poetic tradition, places Irish writing more accurately within the field of postwar Anglophone poetry and offers a new account of lyric's critical capacities. Of interest to Irish studies and twentieth-century poetry specialists, this book provides a much-needed guide to some of the most inventive and table poetry written in the past forty years.
Eric Falci is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches courses on contemporary Irish literature, modern British literature and modern poetry. He has published essays on the poetry of Paul Meehan, the concept of place in contemporary British and Irish poetry, the publishing practices of contemporary Irish and Scottish-Gaelic poets, and on the work of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.