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Padraig Regan

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Books by this author: Some Integrity
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  • Padraig Regan is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016) and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017). In 2015, they were a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, and in 2020 they were awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Prize. They hold a PhD on creative-critical and hybridised writing practices in medieval texts and the work of Anne Carson from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University Belfast, where they were a Ciaran Carson Writing and the City Fellow in 2021. This collection is the recipient of the 2021 Clarissa Luard Prize, awarded by the David Cohen Foundation.
    'The poems achieve a thrilling tension... The author travels from specific, almost mundane, details to expansive ones, encompassing sensations seamlessly... In these lyric poems, so wonderfully held in the specificity of place, an engrossing self-consciousness propels us forward to perceive Regan's art and meaning-making.'

    Alycia Pirmohamed, The Poetry Review

    'This scintillating debut is Whitmanesque in its freewheeling explorations of subjects ranging from mushrooms to Rembrandt to the landscapes of Ireland... there is a deft precision to Regan's work that is captivating. To read Some Integrity is to come away convinced that each poem is "a space... shaped to hold / the desire [the poet has] nowhere else / to put but here."'

    Mary Jean Chan, The Guardian

    'A fascinating new debut collection'

    Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph

    ' a fresh and vital work...This is poetry which seeks to redefine the Irish lyric through the prism of a queer sensibility. Some Integrity stands on its own two feet as a playful, original and philosophically complex debit, as joyful as it is thought-provoking.'

    James Conor Patterson, Business Post Dublin

     

    'The thing I admire most in Padraig Regan's writing is its lightness of touch. The poems may be ambitious, but their beauty comes from the simplicity with which these ingredients come together. I don't think I've ever come across such joyful, vibrant work.'
    Matthew Welton
    'To look up from Padraig Regan's words is to find oneself gently re-fitted into the world'
    Vahni Capildeo
    Awards won by Padraig Regan Short-listed, 2022 The Forward Prize for Best First Collection
    Winner, 2021 The Clarissa Luard Prize
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