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Salmon Poetry, taking its name from the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology, was established in 1981 as an alternative voice in Irish literature. The Salmon, a journal of poetry and prose was a flagship for writers in the west of Ireland, and Salmon's first books, Gonella by Eva Bourke and Goddess on the Mervue Bus by Rita Ann Higgins broke new ground for women poets. Since then over 300 volumes of poetry have been produced, and Salmon has become one of the most important publishers in the Irish literary world. By specialising in the promotion of new poets, particulary women poets, Salmon has enriched Irish literary publishing.  Read More >>

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Long Love: New & Selected Poems 1985 - 2017

- Judith Barrington

These poems, whether in traditional or looser forms, reveal Judith Barrington’s unerring ear for the music of language. Her subjects—being a lesbian, horses, the ocean, memory, love, grief, aging, disability, and facing one’s own mortality—are explored with fierce attention, originality, and ...

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Along the Flaggy Shore: Poems from West Clare

- Carlos Reyes

“In his new book, Along the Flaggy Shore, Carlos Reyes meditates on the presence of the past and the passing of the present in poems which roam the west of Ireland in a kind of modern-day bardic circuit. Every poem is ...

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Futures Pass

- John W. Sexton

In the poems of Futures Pass, born from a personal experiment into channelling a prosodic alter-ego, John W. Sexton ranges from the formal to the projective – out of this world, and out of his mind. From famous mice to an entropic rose, from a transubst...

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The Narrow Way of Souls

- Eileen Sheehan

In Eileen Sheehan’s third collection, The Narrow Way of Souls, there is an ongoing investigation of the liminal spaces between speech and silence; between body and spirit; between question and answer. Often peopled by metaphorical avatars, these are po...

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When Moon and Mother Collide

- Mary Melvin Geoghegan

‘The poems of Mary Melvin Geoghegan are struck with a new vitality derived from the poet’s rootedness in a highly contemporary world. The maternal psyche is explored delicately, throughout this collection and the nature of of human inconsistency. There is Dublin and a memory of the Phibsboro ...

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The Life That I Have

- Knute Skinner

“Nothing. 
  Just standing here. 
  That’s all I’m doing.”  <...

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Milking the Sun / Ag Crú na Gréine

- The Irish of Seán Ó Ríordáin. Translated by Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Internally illustrated with eight beautiful oil paintings by Brenda Fitzmaurice


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Afternoon Drinking in The Jolly Butchers

- Rachel Coventry

Afternoon Drinking in The Jolly Butchers is the debut collection from Galway-based poet Rachel Coventry. Beginning in East London, the collection makes its way back to Ireland and also moves from troubled youth to adulth...

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The Road, Slowly

- Liz Quirke

“This is a tremendous first collection. Liz Quirke has an assured and distinctive voice, balancing intelligence and feeling in a series of moving and deep reflections on motherhood. Lyrical and universal, these poems mirror the difficult beauty of human relat...

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Songs from the Blue River

- Paul Kingsnorth

The poems in Songs from the Blue River seek to give voice to the land and its inhabitants, both human and non-human. Mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers, starlings, earthworms, oak trees: all have their say, as do the humans who live with and through the...

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