Publishing Genius Press, is pleased to announce its tenth book, THE BEST OF (WHAT’S LEFT OF) HEAVEN, by Irish/American poet, Mairead Byrne. The 200-page collection of poetry is scheduled for release on March 1.
Byrne’s poetry is characterized by her stylistic and emotional range. From a five-word poem to a lengthy, lyrical weather analysis to a few word-spattered pages, Byrne’s work is concerned with immediacy and temporality. Humor saturates the book, which British poet Luke Kennard calls “a beautiful, angry, generous collection.”Â
Byrne’s previous books include Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), Nelson and the Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003), and six chapbooks. She emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1994, and earned a Masters (1996) and PhD (2001) in English from Purdue University. Â She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches poetry and poetics at Rhode Island School of Design. Her poetry blog is at maireadbyrne.blogspot.com and more information on the book can be found at www.whatsleftofheaven.com.
“Often funny and sometimes sobering, Byrne’s work exposes the difficult-to-reconcile distractions, detritus, and rubble that surround us from all sides, but also culls glowing artifacts from such debris.”Â
“A modest masterwork of colors & delights.”Â