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Poet Micheal O’Siadhail reads from his newest collection, Globe

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Thursday, March 6th 2008 at 7pm
at Glucksman Ireland House NYU


In his latest collection, Globe, Micheal O’Siadhail explores how a world is shaped. How do the past and our memories bear on the present? What kind of people help to alter the dynamics of history? How to face the open wounds of irreversible tragedies and loss?

"Perhaps more than anything he may be seen as a European poet, since his subject matter has often been European experience...There is no mistaking the passion with which O’Siadhail writes when he takes on political events, and it is this political consciousness which sets him apart."
– Maurice Harman, The Irish Times
"A gifted and confident poet intent on celebration and not embarrassed about tackling the old numbers - love, friendship, memory, childhood, faith. O'Siadhail is deeply rooted in Ireland while at home in the European and American traditions."
– Lawrence Sail, Stand

The book’s climactic sequence, Angel of Change, catches the mood of immense changes in our times: cyberspace and non-stop trading, mixing of peoples and blurred boundaries, vulnerable and shifting values and in all of this a strange new jazz of possibility — Born in a land, I wake in a globe.

Micheal O'Siadhail was born in 1947. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Oslo. A full-time writer, he has published ten collections of poetry. He was awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute prize for poetry in 1982 and in 1998 the Marten Toonder prize for Literature. He has been a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Among his many academic works are Learning Irish (Yale University Press 1988) and Modern Irish (Cambridge University Press 1989). He was a member of the Arts Council of the Republic of Ireland (1988-93) and of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Relations (1989 -97), a founding member of Aosdána (Academy of distinguished Irish artists), and a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review. He was the founding chairman of ILE (Ireland Literature Exchange).

Free admission for Members of Glucksman Ireland House and for all students/faculty with a valid NYU I.D. card.
For all others: $10 donation at the door.

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