POETRY REVIEWS:Softly Creaking Englishes

Softly Creaking Englishes
Photo: Karolis Zukauskas

Spare a thought, writes the poet J. Mark Smith in his review of New and Selected Poems by Pat Boran, for the expressive fate of the speaker of any language become a lingua franca. And what of the poets who work in such a language, the Canadians and the Irish who write in "softly creaking" Englishes?

Here we present reviews of two such poets. Pat Boran, Irish poet and head of the poetry publishing house Dedalus Press, is reviewed by J. Mark Smith, Canadian poet and writer of creative non-fiction. J. Mark Smith is reviewed by Janice Mathie-Heck, fellow Canadian poet and co-translator of the Albanian writer Fatos Kongoli's novel The Loser, which has been shortlisted for the Freedom of Expression TY Fyfel Award 2008.

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