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Chapter 13 - “Dubh”

Poets of Color and New Irish Poetry

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2024

Malcolm Sen
Affiliation:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Julie McCormick Weng
Affiliation:
Texas State University
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Recent initiatives to increase representation in the Irish arts sector are much-needed, although the aspirational model of hospitable hybridity remains exclusionary for many new Irish writers from diverse backgrounds. This chapter offers an overview of the critical and academic discourse on recent Irish poetry, reflecting on statistical, scholarly and anecdotal evidence of and responses to ‘diversity work’ (Ahmed). The chapter surveys the work of Black Irish poets and poets of colour currently writing, performing and publishing in Ireland, suggesting that the alternative methods of publication embraced by some of these writers (spoken word poetry, e-publications, multimedia innovations, and collaborative ventures) exemplify the barriers to entry for poets of color and, at the same time, challenge the mainstream publication industry’s authority as the pathway to publicizing and circulating creative work. In conclusion, the chapter offers a brief study of works by Denise Chaila, Dagogo Hart, Felispeaks and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, demonstrating the diversity of aesthetic, formal and thematic concerns under consideration in contemporary Irish poetry.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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