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Categories: 21st Century, First Collections, Irish, LGBTQ+
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (88 pages)
(Pub. Jan 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 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'
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