Mairead Byrne's "The Best of (What's Left of) Heaven" reviewed

Mairéad Byrne’s recently published “The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven”  was  reviewed on by Michael Leong who describes the book as “an oftentimes comedic, sometimes steely-eyed, but ultimately compassionate manifesto on how to live life poetically…'”  Joseph Goosey’s Rumpus review declares “Byrne both makes as well as steals everything you can think of and informs the reader this is now a poem, what you though was a poem is also a poem, but this too is a poem.’  Steve Fama on stevefama.blogspot says “Byrne’s poetics contains multitudes” and “with 208 pages and only slightly fewer number of poems, the energy here is huge.”  Evelyn Rohan at Hobart, celebrates that “Mairéad Byrne’s generous, educated heart sings from these poems and white open spaces.”  Since the book’s publication in May, Byrne has given readings in London, Cork, New York, and Providence. She will be reading in the Soda Series in Prospect Heights on November 14; and also at Tazza on October 26 with Rachel Glaser (RISD BFA Painting 2005) whose book of fiction “Pee on Water” has just been published by Publishing Genius.  Rachel was a student in the first poetry workshop Mairéad taught at RISD in Fall 2002!  Further news + reviews can be enjoyed here.

Division of Liberal Arts, Faculty, Mairead Byrne, publications

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