Nelson the Huruburu Bird This long awaited first collection from Mair ad Byrne functions as a selected poems and includes poems written in the years before and after her immigration from Ireland to the United States The poems
Title: Nelson & the Huruburu Bird
Author: Mairead Byrne
This long awaited first collection from Mair ad Byrne functions as a selected poems and includes poems written in the years before and after her immigration from Ireland to the United States The poems in this collection are taken from three unpublished books, An Interview With Romulus and Remus, Cycling to Marino, and The Pillar Poems from An Interview With Romulus and RThis long awaited first collection from Mair ad Byrne functions as a selected poems and includes poems written in the years before and after her immigration from Ireland to the United States The poems in this collection are taken from three unpublished books, An Interview With Romulus and Remus, Cycling to Marino, and The Pillar Poems from An Interview With Romulus and Remus, the earliest book, launch the collection These poems are high energy raw, charged with gusto, delving into the city of Dublin and the small towns of Ireland, often from the strangely exultant standpoint of the marginalized Core poems here celebrate the euphoria of childbirth and the energy thus generated propels the book in headlong flight towards America, where the last seven or eight poems in the section are set The high lyricism of the free verse, colloquial, driven poems about Ireland give way to bare bones, stark list poems about America, e.g the four alphabet poems My American Dream, My Japanese Nightmare, The Native American, and The Sky Is The Limit, which, although comprised solely of automobile make and models, manage to sketch out a brief history of ruptured American frontiers The second section of the book, poems from Cycling to Marino, is lusher and meditative It moves from intensely lyric poems addressing childhood and youth in Dublin through a group of formally stark and fragmented poems relating to Irish history particularly history of emigration to a finale of love poems This section also includes four found poems, one of which, A Salute to the Cape Verdean Community in Boston, marks another immigrant community, as voiced in comments found in a visitors book accompanying an exhibition of photographs at Boston Public Library Other found poems in this section include an incomplete alphabetical list of common verbs in the Irish language verbs which are very far from common in English and which again, in the most restrained way possible, sketch out a violent and ruptured history and the ironic Love Poem, which is simply a bald, unsatisfactory, and somewhat hopeless series of cues for a course evaluation form Nevertheless, this section moves surprisingly towards love, buoyed by the long poem Grooming, a rumination on the glory and bind of motherhood, celebrates the luxuriance of a daughter s hair as ransacked in the act of nit picking The section concludes with a bouquet of short love poems, ending with the acerbic Truce, which parleys the tensions of domesticated heterosexuality in terms of vegetables and body parts The third and final section of the book, poems from The Pillar, is dominated by the long poem The Pillar, which uses the memory of Nelson s Pillar in Dublin built to honor Admiral Horatio Nelson s victory and death at Trafalgar in 1805 and blown up by the Irish Republican Army in 1966 to come to terms with the weird unsatisfactory legacy of colonialism in Ireland a broken language, a broken culture, but life goes on, generally at full throttle Just as the memory of Nelson s Pillar is shored up and surrounded by the shards and scraps of the blown up monument, and city streets, the poem The Pillar is surrounded by shorter found and prose poems, and wound around with a series of longer perambulatory poems set in Dublin and Ithaca, New York The same trajectory from Ireland to America which is seen in the other two sections also appears here, as does the formal tension between lush lyricism and tightly modeled found poems Though gusto and humor remain constant, the raw energy with which the book started out is disciplined into horrified nostalgia and light headed pilgrimage by book s end The journey towards home replaces the notion of home itself I think I must know as much about sidewalks as anyone in this world I don t know that I love them and A cracked American sidewalk is not so different to anywhere else Everything about the sidewalk is minor No need to say secondary This is a substantial book, formally unusual and very significant in terms of the Irish poetic tradition, and a key work of diaspora literature Taking Nelson The Huruburu Bird as a work bridging two cultures, it will be interesting to see what Mair ad Byrne, now settled in America, will do next.
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