Book launch ‘Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee, Carlow’, a book of original poems

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The launch of Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee, Carlow, took place in Carlow College, St Patrick’s on Wednesday 10 April. The book of original poems by Dr Derek Coyle was officially launched by Peter Murphy, Novelist and former artist in residence at the College.  Referring to the book Peter Murphy commented ‘in this collection of poems you’ll find poems that I consider blues songs and gospel songs; poems that are the Cain and Abel of poetry, darkness and light.’ He continued ‘the power of any book lies in the questions it generates, and this book left me with plenty.’ 

Deeply engaged with contemporary reality, these poems constantly surprise, uplift and transform. In a nod to time Dr Coyle spent in Sweden this is a dual language book consisting of original poems in English with their Swedish translation set in both Sweden and Carlow.  Once you open the pages of this intriguing collection, you enter the surreal surroundings of a real and imagined Carlow where in one poem Mozart and Beethoven drink pints in Tully’s bar.  The collection’s title poem, ‘Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee, Carlow’, whilst evoking the humorous presence of James Joyce, Gandhi and John Lennon, ends somewhat surprisingly with a reference to the ongoing Syrian conflict.

While speaking about his new book Dr Coyle mentioned ‘these poems playfully engage with the possibilities opened up by contemporary physics, especially quantum theory, they are humane in a way that is timeless and challenging.’

Upcoming events to hear the poetry of Dr Derek Coyle:

  • National Poetry Day, 2nd May, Tullamore Library
  • Lithuanian Spring Poetry Festival, 15th of May, Dublin
  • International Literary Festival, 19th of May, Dublin
  • Women’s Day, Askea Parish Centre, 20th of May, Carlow
  • International Summer School, 15th – 23rd of June, Sweden
  • Blackwater International Poetry Festival, 3rd – 5th of August, Cork

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