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Some Integrity

Padraig Regan

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Categories: 21st Century, First Collections, Irish, LGBTQ+
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Jan 2022)
9781800172081
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  • Winner of the Clarissa Luard Prize 2021

    In 'Minty', one of the typically charged and capacious poems in this eagerly-awaited debut collection, a mojito glass reflects:

    whatever grid of bricks & wood makes up the room we
    happen to be sitting in
    is dilated & wrapped around a single focal-point; whatever
    portion of the sky that happens

    to be visible through the window becomes a convex bowl. The
    weather also happens,
    as it always does, & passes on, & brings those other places
    where it falls into the orbit of the glass.

    'To look up from Padraig Regan's words is to find oneself gently re-fitted into the world,' writes Vahni Capideo, praising Padraig Regan's 'awesome originality and honesty'. The poems of Some Integrity bring something new to the Irish lyric tradition. Queerness is a way of looking, a perspective, grounded in an awareness of the porous and provisional nature of our bodies. The book's social encounters and exchanges, its responses to the work of artists, its figures in a landscape, and its considerations of food and desire, work as capsule narratives and as an exhilarating extension of that lyric tradition.
    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 ... read more
    Awards won by Padraig Regan Winner, 2021 The Clarissa Luard Prize
    ' 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
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