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SUMMER SUNDAYS: Joseph Woods Monsoon Diary

Sun 28 July, 3:00pm

Poet Joseph Woods will read from his new collection

Joseph Woods is an Irish poet and Director of Poetry Ireland since 2001. He has lived in Japan, travelled for long periods in Asia, in particular India and China, and more recently in Latin America. He will read from his new collection Monsoon DiaryBetween the birth of the poet’s daughter and the deaths of his parents, the poems in Monsoon Diary attempt to make sense of the world, from a mid-life flight from home en famille to new perspectives on both the past and the future.

Woods is the award-winning author of four poetry collections. Sailing to Hokkaido (2001) won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and, together with his second, Bearings, was reissued by Dedalus in a single volume entitled Cargo in 2010. Ocean Letters (2011), has been translated into Hungarian and was awarded the Irodalmi Jelen Prize in 2013. A past recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and of the Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship, he was for many years Director of Poetry Ireland. Widely travelled, he lived in Japan in the early 1990s and has travelled extensively and often in Asia. He has edited various publications including, with Irene de Angelis, Our Shared Japan, an anthology exploring the influence of Japanese poetry and culture in general on Irish writing. He moved to Myanmar in the years leading up to democratic elections and now lives in Harare, Zimbabwe with his family. Monsoon Diary was published by Dedalus Press last year.

His voice is easy, melodic, seeming sometimes casual, sometimes deceptively smooth but always alert. If Woods is technically expert it is not to dazzle but to reveal his subject matter … his work taken as a whole shows an impressive reachand range....    Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Joseph Woods’s poems speak of inner exile as much as they record the experience of expatriation, and they do so in a way that can be disarming in their tonal control.     Philip Coleman The Irish Times