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By James J McAuley

New and Selected Poems (McAuley)

A comprehensive overview of the work of senior Irish poet for many years based in Eastern Washington, USA. Introduction by Paula Meehan


A comprehensive overview of the work of senior Irish poet for many years based in Eastern Washington, USA. Introduction by Paula Meehan

A near legendary teacher of poetry and poetics while connected to Eastern Washington University, Spokane, USA, James J McAuley is a highly respected and much admired Irish poet who can turn his hand both to sensitive lyric and to stinging social and political critique. This New and Selected volume, with an Introduction by his ex-pupil Paula Meehan, is a comprehensive overview of his work to recent times

“His style comes together most satisfyingly in ‘Sixteen Nocturnes’, written in 2003, which reminded me of Geoffrey Hill, of all people, or Browning’s mad monk gibbering away in his Spanish cloister. It’s impossible to engage fully with several decades of work in a short review, but suffice to say that where all too often McAuley has been absent, now at least he is back on the map.”
— David Wheatley, Sunday Tribune

ISBN 9781904556343 Paperback
140 x 216 mm

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Weight.4 kg
Dimensions216 x 140 mm


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  • ISBN: : 9781904556343
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: :
  • Published: : 2005

About The Author


James J McAuley was born in Dublin in 1936, where he worked from 1953 as assistant to the manager of Chapelizod Greyhound Stadium, then as an ESB clerk, then journalist. Having worked as a freelance arts reviewer and occasional lecturer at the Municipal (now the Lane) Gallery, in 1966 he emigrated to the US where he received an MFA degree from the University of Arkansas in 1971. From 1968 until his retirement in 1998, he taught poetry and poetics, literature and Irish Studies courses at Lycoming College and Eastern Washington University where he was also the founding director of their Creative Writing Programs. From 1979 until 1999, he directed the EWU Summer Writing Workshops at the Irish Writer’s Centre, Dublin. From 1993-97, he was Director of EWU Press. His poetry and prose have been published in Ireland, England, Canada, and the US since 1954; he is represented in a number of anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Irish Verse (ed. Kennelly} and The Great Book of Ireland. New & Selected Poems is his tenth collection. James J McAuley lives in Booterstown, Co. Dublin, with his wife Deirdre.

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