Major Irish poet Trevor Joyce will read from his work on Tuesday,
October 23, 2007, at 7 pm at Pierre Menard Gallery.
Trevor Joyce has been publishing some of the most interesting
poems coming out of Ireland for many years; he is a poet whose
work has expanded the possibilities not only of Irish poetry but
of poetry itself. With Michael Smith, Joyce co–founded in
1967 New Writers’ Press, which did much to bring attention
to a neglected tradition of Irish modernist writing including
the work of Brian Coffey, Thomas MacGreevey, and others. Joyce
is the co–founder and director since 1997 of SoundEye, The
Cork International Poetry Festival. A volume of Joyce’s
collected poems to 2000 was published as With the First Dream
of Fire They Hunt the Cold. Another volume, What’s
in Store, a collection of more recent poems and workings
from poetry in Irish, Chinese, and other languages is to be published
by The Gig (Toronto).
Robert Archambeau has written that “Joyce has put himself
to school in the techniques of many poetic traditions, and the
results are often beautiful and subtly complex.” Fanny Howe
writes that Joyce is “one of my favorite poets anywhere.
His poems have the clear, austere and impersonal ring of great
translations. They are archetypal, they are strange.” Joyce
has been a Fulbright scholar and is a member of Aosdána.
The gallery is located at 10 Arrow Street in Harvard Square,
up Arrow St. from Cafe Pamplona. Admission is free and a reception
will follow, with books available for purchase and signing.