Astrolabe Launch: Caesura: New and Selected Poems & A Constant Elsewhere of the Mind
Wednesday 18 October
6.30 – 8.30 pm | All welcome
Astrolabe Press invites you to the launch of two new collections. The collections will be launched by poet Nessa O’Mahony.
Clairr O’Connor’s Caesura: New and Selected Poems (Astrolabe Press, 2017) expands from the intimacies and tensions of family life and the struggle to carve out an individual space for creativity into an archaeology of female experience in the lives of her foremothers. Historical presences loom up out of the past: figures abused and suffering who yet have formed a life in courage and wisdom. She uses precise events in her own experience to engage with the jarring narratives, past and present, of the external world. Caesura contains a sequence of new poems as well as a selection from four previous collections from Salmon and Astrolabe.
A Constant Elsewhere of the Mind (2017) is Máiríde Woods’ third collection with Astrolabe. Its themes are memory, loss and the search for meaning through the imperfect building blocks of words. With a dash of irony the poems attempt to unpick the enigmas of a lifetime, to make sense of the rise and eclipse of worlds, of ideals, of individuals. It celebrates in imagery at once rich and quirky the staying power of the older woman, her slightly comic struggle with home, nature and pen.
Clairr O'Connor lives in Dublin. She is the author of two novels and five collections of poetry. Her radio plays have been broadcast by RTE Radio One, BBC Radio 4 and Radio Warsaw. Caesura: New & Selected Poems is her fifth collection. Previous collections: When You Need Them (Salmon, 1989), and with Astrolabe, Breast (2004), Trick the Lock (2008) and So Far (2012). Widely anthologised, her work is included in The Great Book of Ireland and The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Vols IV/V).
Mairide Woods was born in Dublin and grew up in Cushendall, Co. Antrim. She writes poetry, short stories and radio drama and much of her work has been broadcast on RTE and BBC. A Constant Elsewhere of the Mind is her third collection with Astrolabe Press, the other two being The Lost Roundness of the World (2006) and Unobserved Moments of Change (2010).