Friday, December 13, 2013


A few years ago a friend read THE PUBLIC GARDENS and suggested I look into Pattie McCarthy's work.

I read MARYBONES and loved it; here's my review at Jacket2.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Stan Mir's Review of THE PUBLIC GARDENS

Stan Mir's insightful review of THE PUBLIC GARDENS is online at Jacket2.

I like the way he takes into account my entire working life (as what my daughter used to call "a booker"), not just my identity as the author of my own book. 

Also nice: he refers to an interview I did with Kate Greenstreet, one of my favorite poets, in 2010, before I'd found a publisher for THE PUBLIC GARDENS.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

 Here's a link to my poem,

and here's a ridiculously short list of some wonderful Irish/Irishy books:

THE GREEN FOOL by Patrick Kavanagh
ARE YOU SOMEBODY? by Nuala O'Faolain
    (and all of her other books)
BY THE LAKE by John McGahern
O'CLOCK by Fanny Howe
NO LONGER AT EASE by Chinua Achebe 
    (see scene with mouthy Irish nurses and Nigerians)
SELECTED ESSAYS by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill 
    (and this video of her poem, "Athair / Father"

Monday, March 11, 2013

For You

For you--particularly the students in C. D. Wright's
 class today. Thank you.

"What good am I / heaven only knows" 

                                    - DINAH WASHINGTON