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Categories: 21st Century, First Collections, Irish, LGBTQ+
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (88 pages)
(Pub. Jan 2022)
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(Pub. Jan 2022)
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Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2022
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
'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.
Awards won by Padraig Regan Short-listed, 2022 The Forward Prize for Best First Collection
Winner, 2021 The Clarissa Luard Prize
'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'
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