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Salmon Poetry, taking its name from the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology, was established in 1981 as an alternative voice in Irish literature. The Salmon, a journal of poetry and prose was a flagship for writers in the west of Ireland, and Salmon's first books, Gonella by Eva Bourke and Goddess on the Mervue Bus by Rita Ann Higgins broke new ground for women poets. Since then over 300 volumes of poetry have been produced, and Salmon has become one of the most important publishers in the Irish literary world. By specialising in the promotion of new poets, particulary women poets, Salmon has enriched Irish literary publishing.  Read More >>

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The Road, Slowly

- Liz Quirke

“This is a tremendous first collection. Liz Quirke has an assured and distinctive voice, balancing intelligence and feeling in a series of moving and deep reflections on motherhood. Lyrical and universal, these poems mirror the difficult beauty of human relat...

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Songs from the Blue River

- Paul Kingsnorth

The poems in Songs from the Blue River seek to give voice to the land and its inhabitants, both human and non-human. Mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers, starlings, earthworms, oak trees: all have their say, as do the humans who live with and through the...

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Chalk Dust

- Noel Monahan

This new collection, by award winning poet Noel Monahan searches for identity and belonging, in the shifting shadows of modern Ireland. The section on sonnets seeks a spiritual uplift out of the darkness and poems written in Irish, with Englis...

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Out of the Ordinary

- Moya Roddy

“These poems – as one might expect from the title – play with the idea of what is ordinary and what, quite definitely, is not. A gentle humour occasionally underpins the tender moments when we discover vast prairies of feeling bound within the cargo of everyd...

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The Braille of the Sea

- Gordon Walmsley

Those familiar with the spiritual poetry of Gordon Walmsley know that he writes like an angel. This does not mean sweetness and light. Rather, this means a voice, or voices, which use words as DNA fragments: alive; runic; beautiful; unprotected; on a quest – paral...

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To Keep Him Hidden

- Ryan Vine

Reading To Keep Him Hidden is like watching a man tear himself free from a thick wrap of tangled vines. Working-class machismo plus alcohol plus Catholicism have woven a spirit-killing trap that our protagonist has to escape, by way of courage and imagination. The poems convey the stress of o...

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The Stone in the Air – A Suite of Forty Poems from the German of Paul Celan

- Daniel Tobin

The great Holocaust poet Paul Celan, whose mother and father died in an internment camp, and who himself was imprisoned in a work camp, has written some of the most memorable and mournful poems about death and loss. In these lucid and lyrical translations of ...

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How It Is: Selected Poems

- Neil Shepard

Although Neil Shepard has long been associated with the stony foundations of Vermont, both by his luminous invocations of the natural world and his Frost-worthy, densely woven lyricism, he has emerged over the course of his writing life as an intrepid...

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The Gun My Sister Killed Herself With

- Daniel Lawless

Daniel Lawless knows—as one of his poem titles has it— “The Memory of My Memory Is My Memory.” Like everything else in this wrenching, dazzling volume, remembering is mediated by wit and skepticism. These are poems of great beauty and authentic pain, as well ...

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The Wounded for the Water

- Matt W. Miller

“Matt W. Miller’s The Wounded for the Water is a horrific, undulating, beautiful, sublime lesson on the art of drowning, the wonder of living, and the scars that act as memory.  You will have no choice but to dive into this meditation, and you will have ...

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