Wake Forest University Press continues its impressive dedication to Irish poetry in all its shapes and forms with "The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland" edited by Chris Agee. This collection includes work by Moyra Donaldson, Damian Smyth and Andy White, alongside classics by Mebdh McGukian, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson and Seamus Heaney. The bulk of featured poets were all born between 1956 and 1975. Given this collection's title, it should not be surprising that, while politics and "The Troubles" are featured, many other topics and themes emerge, from technology and globalization to Ireland's place within Europe. In this sense, the poems and poets offer an insightful, lyrical look into the psyche of 21st-century Northern Ireland. ($19.95 / 301 pages / Wake Forest)
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