Stoney Road Press • An Post • Poetry Ireland
To celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Stoney Road Press, in association with An Post and Poetry Ireland, are pleased to announce the publication of '16', a limited-edition, fine-press collection of poetry and art.
Poetry, more than any other art form, is intimately connected to the events of Easter 1916. Three of the executed signatories of the Proclamation - Pádraig Pearse, Thomas McDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett - were recognised poets of their day, who had used their poems to espouse the cause of revolutionary nationalism. The author Peter Costello, in his 'The Heart Grown Brutal', says of them: “They gave themselves to the great theme of their poetry, the cause of Ireland, and made the Rising not merely a political event but also a poetic creation.” In contrast to this assessment of their literary importance, Pearse, in a moment of humorous self-effacement, is reported to have said that, should the Rising fail, “If we do nothing else, we shall rid Ireland of three bad poets.”
For '16', Poetry Ireland has invited four contemporary poets to present their own responses to the Rising and its aftermath. These works are by: Harry Clifton, Vona Groarke, Paula Meehan, Paul Muldoon. In addition, Stoney Road Press has commissioned four limited edition prints by the following Irish artists: Michael Canning, Alice Maher, Brian O'Doherty, Kathy Prendergast.
Rising to the Rising
Published by The Gallery Press, 2016
‘One of the artistic centrepieces of this year’s commemorations was the performance of this rap-like text by Paul Muldoon [‘One Hundred Years a Nation’], with music by Shaun Davey played by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and sung by 1,100 voices. It was moving and celebratory but also scathing and provocative, giving space to “gombeen financiers”, “parish parasites”, ghost estates, mass emigration, “bloody assassinations” and the “bomb’s abominations”. It is hard to think of another nation that would acknowledge its failings so furiously even as it celebrates its foundations.’
— Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times
Rising to the Rising collects Paul Muldoon’s various responses in English and Irish to commissions from the Irish Writers’ Centre, New York University, Poetry Ireland, RTÉ and others to compose verses to mark seminal moments in a country’s history. They evoke tragic aspects and the aftermath of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Battle of the Somme just a few months later.
The work of a limitlessly gifted writer, it includes what might be the most enduring achievements of a nation’s celebrations and commemorations.
If Ever You Go
A Map of Dublin in Poetry & Song
Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth
Published by The Dedalus Press, 2014
A unique invitation to explore, street by street, one of the world’s most famous literary capitals through the poems and songs it has inspired down the ages, from both residents and visitors alike.
Price €9.99 (+ P&P)
Solar Winds and Ions
Published by Lapwing Publications.
Available to download for Free in partnership with Poetry Ireland.