Joe reads from ‘Ros­setti’s Wom­bat’ at the li­brary

Wexford People - - NEWS -

RENOWNED poet and win­ner of last year’s An­thony Cronin In­ter­na­tional Po­etry Award at the Wex­ford Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, Joe Neal, made a wel­come re­turn to En­nis­cor­thy Li­brary to read from his new­est col­lec­tion of po­etry. The rather ec­cen­tri­cally ti­tled ‘Ros­setti’s Wom­bat’ is Joe’s sixth vol­ume of po­etry and comes off the back of an arts coun­cil bur­sary tour of New Eng­land.

Neal scooped the An­thony Cronin award last year for his poem ‘Al­legheny Man’ which he says was prompted by a visit to the Al­legheny Moun­tains in West Vir­ginia, where he dis­cov­ered a ru­ined cabin and tried to imag­ine the life of the per­son who once lived there.

‘Putting a poem to­gether is a very strange ex­er­cise of thought,’ Joe said. ‘An idea drifts into the mind and grabs your at­ten­tion. It chases af­ter words, set­ting them into a kind of melody. I would call this ‘tuned thoughts’ - and that may be a good def­i­ni­tion of a poem.’

It’s been a busy year for Joe hav­ing given read­ings at the Aber­jazz Fes­ti­val in Wales and Write By The Sea in Kil­more as well as re­leas­ing this lat­est col­lec­tion. ‘Ros­setti’s Wom­bat’ takes its ti­tle from one of his po­ems prompted by the un­usual be­hav­iour of pre-Raphaelite artist and poet Dante Gabriel Ros­setti.

A very in­ter­est­ing speaker, Joe read some of his work at the En­nis­cor­thy Li­brary event and gave a brief ex­pla­na­tion of each piece. He thanked those who came along as well as the li­brary for their sup­port. The book is now avail­able to pur­chase and could just prove a hit for lit­er­ary types this Christ­mas.

An­nette Wall, Anne Gilpin, Joe Neal, Maria Nolan and Vanessa Kirby.

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