Clodagh’s powerful poetry appreciated

Clodagh Beresford Dunne

Clodagh Beresford Dunne

County Waterford writer, Clodagh Beresford Dunne has been awarded a place in an anthology of poetry entitled “The Best Poems of the Year” published by Turner Maxwell Books in the UK.

The anthology is the result of an international competition promoted in Ireland through Poetry Ireland and various literary journals. From thousands of entries just over fifty works were chosen to create the publication, which is published this year.

An executive from Turner Maxwell Books said, “With over one million website hits, we were inundated with entrants and choosing the winners was extremely difficult. The finalists all rated high marks for originality structure and style.” The publishers believe that they have discovered some of the best newcomers to the international poetry scene.

Clodagh’s poetic style is being described by her contemporaries as “unique and of huge scale and breadth, remarkable in its flow and wonderful power, utterly humane but remaining questioning and political.” Her poem, “Emigration and Sudden Death (some small predicaments in each)” which is included in the Turner Maxwell Books anthology, takes the form of a classic sestina, a highly structured poetic form invented in the late 12th century by troubadour Arnaut Daniel, writers including Dante, Kipling, Bishop, Auden and Pound all having written sestinas of some fame.

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