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John Kelly ‘Notions’

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John Kelly ‘Notions’


Dedalus Press launches Notions, a new collection of poetry from John Kelly.

Constantly inventive and unerringly precise, the poems in John Kelly’s debut collection reveal an author at home with both the stand-alone lyric and the longer, apparently improvisational pieces that contribute so much to this book’s extraordinary brio and style.

The breadth of cultural reference is perhaps a given, but Kelly’s real achievement is to make sense of a sometimes teeming field of vision. From the natural world to the troubled north of his youth, through encounters with art – and its creators – to poems that chart the seismic changes that come with love, fatherhood and loss, Notions is a book full of humour and play, wonder and woundedness.

John Kelly was born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. His poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including The New Younger Irish Poets (ed. Gerald Dawe). A novel, From Out of The City was shortlisted for Novel of theYear at the Bord Gáis Book Awards, and a radio play The Pipes was broadcast by RTÉ. He lives in Dublin where he works in broadcasting. Notions is his first collection.

“These are very remarkable and compelling poems.With strong narratives and events, vivid and surprising language, and a marvellous square-on exactness.”
— Bernard O’Donoghue



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