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James Harpur

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  • James Harpur has had five poetry collections published by Anvil Press and is poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of the arts. His Angels and Harvesters (2012) was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Poetry Now Award; and The Dark Age (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. Other prizes and awards include the UK National Poetry Competition, the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, an Eric Gregory Award, and a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. His other books include Fortune’s Prisoner, a translation of the poems of Boethius; and The Gospel of Joseph of Arimathea. He lives in West Cork.
    '€˜Harpur's sensibility is attuned to love, time, myth, the numinous – the makings of poetry...  Harpur has an imaginative wonder.'
    Andrew Waterman, London Magazine
     'There is a deceptive clarity, an almost translucent surface to the poems which belies their complexity and ambition. These are poems in search of -- and in response to --€“ the numinous, the sacred, but they never settle for easy pieties or shortcuts.'
    Michael Symmons Roberts and Moniza Alvi, PBS Bulletin
    'His is an amazingly consistent voice, compelling in intensity... his is a world of insight and intuitions...  If you're brave enough, read him. He will take you into a world you will find difficult to forget.'
    R.J. Bailey, Envoi
    '€˜His poetry, always strongly imbued with a sense of the sacred, makes great play of light's spiritual resonance... his brilliant imagery and luxuriant natural descriptions offer plenty to enjoy.'
    Sarah Crown, The Guardian
    Awards won by James Harpur Winner, 1995 National Poetry Competition Commended, 2001 Tablet Book of the Year (Oracle Bones) Short-listed, 2013 Irish Times Poetry Now Award (Angels and Harvesters) Winner, 2009 Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award (The Dark Age) Commended, 2012 Poetry Book Society (PBS): Choice - Summer (Angels and Harvesters)
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