Poetry Ireland is saddened to learn of the death of poet Larry Stapleton.
A native of Sligo who later lived in Wexford, Larry worked for many years in the areas of environmental research monitoring and assessment and served as a Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
He took part in Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series for emerging poets in 2014. His poetry appeared in a wide variety of publications including The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Crannóg, Irish Pages, The Interpreter’s House, The Irish Times and Curlew.
He was commended in the Fool for Poetry chapbook competition and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition.
Larry was published in Poetry Ireland Review first in 2012 and was published most recently in Issue 128. His poem ‘Carrowmore’ describes the passage tombs in his beloved County Sligo.
We were delighted that Larry attended the launch of Poetry Ireland Review 128 in September 2019 and read his poem for the audience.
He joined us again in Poetry Ireland in November for the official launch of his collection, The Boundless and Miraculous: Found Poems from the Letters of Vincent van Gogh.
The book was a real labour of love for Larry and a testament to his determination in getting it published. He wrote about the book’s journey in this article in The Irish Times.
We will very much miss him in the Irish poetry community.
Our thoughts are with Larry’s children Tom, David and Sarah, his sisters, his wider family and friends.