Wake Forest hosts poetry reading by Harry Clifton
October 14, 2008
Irish poet Harry Clifton will read from his newly-released book of poems, “Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004,” at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center. A discussion will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.
Wake Forest University Press published “Secular Eden” in 2007. In 2008, it won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, the most prestigious poetry award in Ireland.
Clifton’s book is “arguably the first great work of Irish poetic post-modernism,” according to a review by Fintan O’Toole in the Irish Times. “His is a universe of aftermaths, hauntings and returns, in which even God (in the delightful poem God in France) dreams of becoming flesh again, as he did once before,” said O’Toole.
Clifton was born in Dublin, Ireland, but has lived in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has published five collections of poems in Ireland and the United Kingdom, including “The Liberal Cage” and “The Desert Route: Selected Poems 1973-1988.” His poems have been translated into several European languages.
He has won a number of awards for his work, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award and two Arts Council Bursaries in Literature. He was an International Fellow at Iowa University and has been poet-in-residence at The Frost Place in New Hampshire.
He now teaches at University College Dublin.